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Cold Sassy Tree
Carlisle Floyd
Composer, librettist, pianist, and teacher Carlisle Floyd has written operas for many of America’s cherished stories, basing much of his subject matter on Southern themes. Born in the Southern Bible Belt of Latta, South Carolina, he grew up in the thick of traveling preachers, revival meetings, and a close knit religious community, though at a young age was aware of that world’s controversial and hypocritical nature. Floyd’s primary teacher was pianist Ernst Bacon whom he followed from South Carolina to Syracuse University in New York where he earned a Bachelor and a Master of Music. He immediately joined the piano faculty of Florida State University where he began exploring an interest in composition, writing both the libretti and the music for operas with a distinctly American voice. He achieved national recognition with Susanna, which premiered at Florida State University in 1955.

Today Carlisle Floyd’s operas are performed throughout America and Europe and Susanna and Of Mice and Men have become standard repertoire. Floyd was one of eight recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2004. He is also the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Citation of Merit from the National Association of American Conductors and Composers and the National Opera Institute’s Award for Service to American Opera. In 2008, Floyd was the only composer to be included in the inaugural National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors.
Carlisle Floyd
Patrick Summers (Conductor)
Bruce Beresford (Director)
Michael Yeargan (Set and Costume Designer)
Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer)
Dean Peterson (Rucker Lattimore)
Patricia Racette (Love Simpson)
John McVeigh (Will Tweedy)
April 14, 2000
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc., San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Carolina
Set in the 1900s, in rural Georgia, the story depicts the "modern" age coming to a small southern town as observed by a 14-year-old boy.

Controversy arises when the boy's grandfather, the town's leading and most outspoken citizen, marries an attractive "Yankee" nearly half his age, a mere three weeks after his wife's death.
Ruker Lattimore (bb)
Love Simpson (s)
Will Tweedy (t)
Lightfoot McClendon (15 years - high sop)
Clayton McAllister (bar)
Loma Williams (mz)
Effie Belle Tate (mz)
Mary Willis (s)
Thelma Predmore (mz)
Lula (s)
Myrtis (mz)
Campbell WIlliams (t)
Hosie Roach (bar)
Mayor (t)
Sheriff (bar)
Dr. Lomax (bb)
Rufus (t)
Buford (t/bar)
Luther (t)
San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman, 4/17/2000; The Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires, 1/21/2001; Atlanta Journal, Pierre Ruhe, 2/3/2008; Classical Voice of North Carolina, William Thomas Walker, 2/2003; Andante Magazine, Wayne Lee Gay, 7/31/2005; Opera News Online, Stephanie Adrian, 2/2/08;
SATB, minimum 24
47 players: 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)- cym/gong/ant.cym/tgl/tamb/wdbl/bell tree/whip-pft(=cel)-harp-strings
Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
229 W 28th Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10001
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
2007 Audience Development Project
COLD SASSY TREE: Audience Development
Atlanta Opera, The
Audio Visual Materials

From left to right: Erin Wall (Love Simpson), John McVeigh (Will Tweedy)
Courtesy of: Atlanta Opera; Photo credit: Ellis Howard Wallace

From left to right: Kristopher Irmiter (Rucker Lattimore), Erin Wall (Love Simpson)
Courtesy of: Atlanta Opera; Photo credit: Ellis Howard Wallace
Schedule of Performances Listings
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, April 26, 2008 - Amarillo Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, February 02, 2008 - Atlanta Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - Opera Omaha
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, May 17, 2003 - Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Thursday, February 20, 2003 - Opera Carolina
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, May 04, 2002 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, March 24, 2001 - San Diego Opera Association
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Friday, January 12, 2001 - Austin Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Friday, April 14, 2000 - Houston Grand Opera

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