A Fitting Tribute
The recent passing of Carlisle Floyd was a sad event for those of us who knew him and for all of us who appreciate American opera. The next issue of Opera America Magazine will pay tribute to him, but I wanted to share my thoughts about this wonderful artist, teacher, colleague, and friend — a man who helped change the course of American opera. Several of his operas top the list of the most-produced American works, for good reason. I have witnessed audiences react with standing ovations to his deeply human stories and beautiful music. I saw his tireless travel across the continent to attend productions of his operas and participate in panel discussions, donor events, and cast parties. He was a fine composer and an indefatigable ambassador for American opera whose works and warmth took the fear out of the words “new” and “contemporary.” A true gentle man of opera.