Remembering the life and legacy of
Carlisle Floyd was an American opera composer. The son of a Methodist minister, he centered many of his works around themes from the South. His best known opera, Susannah, is based on a story from the Biblical Apocrypha, transferred to contemporary, rural Tennessee, and is set in a Southern dialect.
Houston Grand Opera has had a unique guardian in Carlisle Floyd (b. 1926). He guided both a postwar American operatic repertoire he had helped create and had strongly influenced in others, as well as a company he quietly fostered for more than half of its history, subtly steering its aesthetics and values.
No other company in the history of opera has had such a long creative relationship with a living composer as has Houston Grand Opera with Carlisle Floyd, who also founded the renowned Houston Grand Opera Studio with David Gockley in 1981.
Carlisle Floyd Operas at HGO:
|Cold Sassy Tree||1999-2000|
|Of Mice and Men||1972-1973, 1976-1977, 2001-2002|
|Passion of Jonathan Wade||1990-1991|
|Prince of Players||2015-2016|
Carlisle Floyd, an Appreciation
If you were a friend or colleague of Carlisle Floyd, you will understand loyalty because he showed it to you. ~ Patrick Summers
Read the entire article "Carlisle Floyd, an Appreciation" by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
HGO Studio Remembers Carlisle Floyd
Read the tribute: HGO Studio Members and Alum Remember Carlisle Floyd