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TAKING UP SERPENTS


  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)

Taking Up Serpents
New Hour-Long Opera
Part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

For their second operatic collaboration, “strikingly original” (The New York Times) composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye reunite to create an engrossing tale exploring the controversial world of religious snake-handling. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, makes her WNO debut.

In Taking Up Serpents, 25-year-old Kayla is the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront her troubled upbringing. With a score showcasing Sankaram’s deft stylistic eclecticism and an original story inspired by Dye’s roots in the Deep South, Taking Up Serpents calls into question faith, family, and destiny, with shocking results.

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CREATIVE TEAM
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Composer: Kamala Sankaram
Librettist: Jerre Dye
Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya

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