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Carlisle Floyd

 b. 1926Carlisle Floyd © 2000 Jim Caldwell

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Carlisle Floyd has created a distinctively American idiom for opera, drawing on national folk and religious music traditions * His nine music theatre works combine penetrating social commentary with acute psychological insight * Writes his own librettos, in which he has treated such themes as the aftermath of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and rural fundamentalism * Susannah, his best-known opera, has entered the permanent repertory with countless productions in the U.S. and a growing number in Europe

Works by Carlisle Floyd include:
Susannah (1953–54) musical drama in two acts
Of Mice and Men (1969) opera in three acts, six scenes
The Passion of Jonathan Wade (1962, rev.1989) musical drama in three acts

Looking Ahead: Floyd's celebrated opera Susannah in staged and concert performances around the world, including a concert presentation by Baltimore Concert Opera, as well as excerpts performed by the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and the Machester Sympohny Orchestra in Connecticut. Of Mice and Men is performed by the Townsend Opera in California in the spring.

"With a commitment that rivals Smetana's in Bohemia or Britten's in Britain, [Floyd] has striven to create a national repertory … He has learned the international language of successful opera in order to speak it in his own accents and to enrich it with the musical and vernacular idioms of his own country." — Andrew Porter, The New Yorker


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