Carlisle Floyd

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Birthday
11, 1926
Birthplace
Latta, SC
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
11, 1926 (age 92)
Birthplace
Latta, SC

About

Opera composer best known for "Susannah" from 1955, which took a story from the Apocrypha and set it in rural Tennessee. Phyllis Curtin played the title role when it debuted at Florida State.

Before Fame

He studied piano at Converse College in 1943 with the famed Ernst Bacon. He benefited so much from Bacon's instruction that he transferred to Syracuse University in New York after Bacon accepted a position there.

Trivia

He wrote many operas based on literary works, including 'Pilgrimage,' which was based on The Bible; 'Markheim,' based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson; and 'Of Mice and Men,' based on the novel by John Steinbeck.

Family Life

His father was a Methodist minister.

Associated With

He composed the opera "Wuthering Heights," based on the novel by Emily Bronte.