Carlisle Floyd - Susannah (DVD) | Naxos - DVD 2110381

Carlisle Floyd - Susannah (DVD)

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Label: Naxos - DVD

Cat No: 2110381

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Susan Hellman Spatafora (soprano)
Stefanie Izzo (soprano)
Aleksandra Ritums (soprano)
Melissa Misener (mezzo-soprano)
Robyn Rocklein (mezzo-soprano)
Scott Wichael (tenor)
Anthony Wright Webb (tenor)
Stanley Wilson (tenor)
Fred Frabotta (tenor)
Todd Donovan (baritone)
Benjamin Bloomfield (bass-baritone)
Brian Wehrle (bass)
St Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Mark Sforzini

Works

Floyd, Carlisle

Susannah

Artists

Susan Hellman Spatafora (soprano)
Stefanie Izzo (soprano)
Aleksandra Ritums (soprano)
Melissa Misener (mezzo-soprano)
Robyn Rocklein (mezzo-soprano)
Scott Wichael (tenor)
Anthony Wright Webb (tenor)
Stanley Wilson (tenor)
Fred Frabotta (tenor)
Todd Donovan (baritone)
Benjamin Bloomfield (bass-baritone)
Brian Wehrle (bass)
St Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Mark Sforzini

About

Carlisle Floyd is one of America’s foremost composers. Though he has also written in other forms, he is renowned for his operas, for which he also writes the libretti. The most famous and popular is his third opera, Susannah, premiered in 1955 and the second most performed of all American operas. Updated and set in Tennessee, it is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders. The work is rooted in vernacular folk melodies and hymns and contains soaring melodic beauty.

This is the first professionally recorded DVD and was recorded live. There are two CD versions available – one is on VAI (made in 1962) and the other on Erato.

Cast:
- Susannah: Susan Hellman Spatafora (soprano)
- Olin Blitch: Todd Donovan (baritone)
- Little Bat: Scott Wichael (tenor)
- Sam: Anthony Wright Webb (tenor)
- Elder McLean: Brian Wehrle (bass)
- Elder Ott: Benjamin Bloomfield (bass-baritone)
- Elder Hayes: Stanley Wilson (tenor)
- Elder Gleaton: Fred Frabotta (character tenor)
- Mrs McLean: Melissa Misener (mezzo-soprano)
- Mrs Ott: Robyn Rocklein (mezzo-soprano)
- Mrs Hayes: Stefanie Izzo (soprano)
- Mrs Gleaton: Aleksandra Ritums (soprano)

Stage direction: Michael Unger

Bonus features: Carlisle Floyd interview and backstage video

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