Taking Up Serpents

September 30, 2018

MassOpera (formerly MetroWest Opera) is thrilled to present its first ever New Opera Workshop of composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye's Taking Up Serpents. This one-hour opera is an exploration of faith both as it relates to religion and family, told through the lens of three family members in a snake-handling Pentecostal church. This workshop performance is in collaboration with Washington National Opera in preparation for their world premiere performance at the Kennedy Center in January 2019.

The story centers around Kayla, 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.