C Floyd - Prince of Players | Reference Recordings FR736

C Floyd - Prince of Players

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Label: Reference Recordings

Cat No: FR736

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 3rd April 2020

Contents

Artists

Keith Phares
Kate Royal
Alexander Dobson
Chad Shelton
Frank Kelley
Vale Rideout
Rena Harms
Sandra Piques Eddy
Florentine Opera Company
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

William Boggs

Works

Floyd, Carlisle

Prince of Players

Artists

Keith Phares
Kate Royal
Alexander Dobson
Chad Shelton
Frank Kelley
Vale Rideout
Rena Harms
Sandra Piques Eddy
Florentine Opera Company
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

William Boggs

About

Carlisle Floyd (b. 1926) is one of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the world today. Considered the “Father of American Opera”, Floyd’s operas are regularly performed in the US and Europe. He first achieved national prominence with the premiere of Susannah by the New York City Opera in 1956. His second opera, Wuthering Heights, premiered at Santa Fe Opera in 1958, and continues to have life decades later: a critically-acclaimed recording, released in June 2016 on Reference Recordings, was listed in Opera News’s 10 Best Opera Recordings of 2016 (FR721).

During his long career, Floyd has composed 13 operas. His most recent, Prince of Players, which premiered in March 2016 at the Houston Grand Opera, is based on the true story of the Restoration-era actor Edward Kynaston (1640–1706). Remarks about Kynaston in the personal diary of Samuel Pepys inspired a play by Jeffrey Hatcher, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (1999), which was later made into a movie, Stage Beauty (2004). The plot centres on the crisis faced by Kynaston when, by royal decree, he is prohibited from plying the craft that made him famous – playing female roles. With this Milwaukee production, the Florentine Opera gives Prince of Players its world-premiere live recording.

“On his newest work, Prince of Players (2016), composer-librettist Floyd again lays bare his passion for social justice and understanding. Though set in 17th-century england, the opera’s highly charged drama deals with issues that confront us in 21st-century America – among them, the intricacies of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the resulting societal consequences. Employing set pieces that evoke the restoration era – a bawdy tavern song, courtly dances, a folksong used as a maladroit audition piece – and calling on his tried-and-true mixture of affecting lyricism and sometimes-jarring dissonance, Floyd convincingly depicts the world of the actor Edward Kynaston. It’s an inspiring – and true – story of an artist motivated by a soul-deep devotion to his chosen art form.” – J. Mark Baker, “Carlisle Floyd and Opera in America”

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