WWU Opera Theatre Presents "Slow Dusk" & "Suor Angelica"


Audience members need to be able to ascend several steps to the seating area. If you are unable to access the seating area, a streaming link to a performance will be available.

Western Washington University’s Opera Theatre presents two one-act operas: Carlisle Floyd’s gritty American operatic play Slow Dusk, followed by Giacomo Puccini’s sublime Suor Angelica. Floyd’s rarely performed Slow Dusk takes place at a farmhouse in the Carolinas where innocent infatuation is stifled by a family’s deep prejudices. Best known for his acclaimed masterpiece Susannah, Floyd’s one-act provides a beautiful glimpse into the burgeoning talents of the then-college-aged composer whom we lost in September 2021, at 95.

Though traditionally set in a late seventeenth-century convent in Italy, our unique approach to Suor Angelica places its characters at an American Catholic boarding house for unwed pregnant women. The opera centers around Angelica, a young woman seeking solace after being forced to give up her child and facing banishment by her guardian aunt. Both pieces are set in the late 1950s and speak to the oppression of women hidden under the guise of religious righteousness.

Content advisory

The performance includes themes of trauma and suicide.

Two people sitting and smiling at the distance, one rests their head on the other's knee

Photo by Anna Olsen

Two young people beside an elderly person in a chair with a cane, looking into the distance

Photo by Anna Olsen

A person stares blankly while two nuns look at them. An elegantly dressed person stands to the side looking serious

Photo by Suor Angelica

Disability Accommodations

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