Carlisle Floyd, a member of the faculty of the College of Music from 1951 to 1976, is preparing for the March 2016 premiere of his latest opera, Prince of Players. The chamber opera, which concerns the life of the seventeenth-century English actor Edward Kynaston, was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. Jane Matheny, Floyd's niece, has been documenting the composition and production process and has joined with OPERA America to create a web-based series called “MASTERS AT WORK: Crafting an Opera with CARLISLE FLOYD,” which is part of OPERA America’s 2015–2016 Onstage at the Opera Center season. The five live-streamed webcasts feature Floyd and Marc Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America, who asks the composer questions about the compositional process and moderates questions from the live audience in New York City, as well as from students participating at Florida State University and four other invited universities (the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Houston, and Wichita State University). The first session was held in September; the four remaining will occur in November 2015, and January, March, and April 2016.
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