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Hell's Bell

October 5, 2023 7:00 pm
Old State Capitol Building


The evening will begin with a dinner in the senate chamber and will be followed by the immersive
production in the house chamber!

Hell's Bell 
by Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns' gripping supernatural thriller, Le Timbre d'Argent, will have its Louisiana première in a new English translation as Hell's Bell with Opéra Louisiane's October production at the Old State Capitol. Best known for his biblical opera Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns dipped his toe into ghostly waters with a fantastical tale of greed and lust. The artist, Conrad, struggles with making a living while sharing an apartment with his friend and sometimes lover, Bénédict. It soon becomes apparent that Conrad is using Bénédict to keep a roof over his head, all the while squandering what little money he makes on a seductive and silent dancer, Fiammetta, who fuels his sexual and narcotic addictions. He asks Bénédict to sell his only remaining possession of worth: a silver bell bequeathed to him by his father as he lay dying. Bénédict reluctantly sells the bell to Conrad's dealer, Spiridon, who mysteriously returns it to Conrad, claiming the bell has the power to bring vast wealth to the one who rings it. The catch? Someone must die. It could be anyone, and in intoxicated desperation Conrad rings the bell. Not once, but twice, wreaking havoc on the lives of the only people who love him. Ghosts and poor choices abound in this eerie, hair-raising production... the perfect fright night to get you in the mood for Halloween!

Old State Capitol Building/ OCTOBER 5 / 2023 

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Penelope Shumate


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David Margulis


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John Viscardi


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Dennis Jesse



Michael Borowitz


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Andrew Ryker

Stage Director

 The evening will begin with a dinner in the senate chamber and will be followed by an immersive production of Hell's Bell in the house chamber!


You can choose your seats for the dinner, but due to the immersive nature of the performance, the performance seats will be general seating.

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