I considerevoli profitti ricavati dalle vendite andarono all'associazione USA for Africa Foundation che li utilizzò per sopperire a gravi problemi in Africa, fra i quali una carestia che colpiva la popolazione etiope.Critiche, comunque, vennero mosse poiché si sosteneva che i ricavati andassero direttamente ai governi (spesso retti da militari), piuttosto che alla popolazione.
Floyd adapted the story from the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders, though the latter story has a more positive ending.
The story focuses on 18-year-old Susannah Polk, an innocent girl who is targeted as a sinner in the small mountain town of New Hope Valley, in the Southern American state of Tennessee.
But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture." In other words, it’s the season when holiday music becomes ubiquitous, love it or hate it.
And the not-actually-a-Christmas-song that’s far and away the seasonal duet you’re most likely to hear is still “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” that would-be cute-and-coy pas de deux written by Frank Loesser that made its Oscar-winning debut in the 1949 Esther Williams swimming movie Of course, there’s also a different kind of chill in the air this season: The bracing wind of shame felt by powerful sexual predator dudes seeing their careers destroyed after being exposed as serial workplace pants-droppers.
Susannah arrives at a church dinner that evening and is sent away, much to her confusion.
Later, as she is pondering why she has been shunned, Little Bat tells her that the elders have denounced her for bathing in the nude, and admits that he was coerced into saying she seduced him.Floyd has claimed that this opera, like his other operas, was meant to be different from a traditional opera.The music is largely characterized by Appalachian folk melodies.Written during the Mc Carthy era, Susannah is based loosely on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders.In New Hope Valley, Tennessee, Susannah – a pretty and well-mannered young woman of humble origins – is faced with hostility from her church community.The opera opens at a square dance given by her church; a group of wives, jealous of Susannah’s beauty and the attention it brings from their husbands, are gossiping about her. Mc Lean, one of the wives, states that you can’t expect more from someone who was raised by her drunken brother.