Monica, the daughter of Madame Flora, and Toby, a mute boy living with them, are playing while Madame Flora is away. When she returns, she is furious that they are not ready for the phony seance she has planned. They busily prepare, and when the three guests arrive for the seance, Suddenly, Madame Flora stops the seance and sends the customers away. She tells Monica she felt a spiritual hand clutch her throat during the seance. She suspects Toby.
A few days later, Monica is watching Toby perform a puppet show for her; then she dances for him. She runs off as Flora reenters; the medium tries to convince Toby into confessing that he was the one who touched her during the séance. The three clients from the previous seance enter; Flora gives them their money back – telling them she is a fraud. Monica goes to her room, and Flora, frightened by what she has experienced, drinks herself to sleep. Toby returns; Flora awakes, and Toby hides from her; Flora, thinking he is the spirit she felt, shoots him.
Don’t miss Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting opera, sung in English, which will be sure to challenge your spiritual senses.