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They Sing in English Put on American Works and Redefine Opera

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jerilyn Watson 2006-6-4 (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in

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by jerilyn watson
2006-6-4

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voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm barbara klein.

voice two:

and i'm steve ember. this week, operas in english by american composers.

voice one:

we start with the works of carlisle floyd, who just recently celebrated his eightieth birthday.

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voice two:

carlisle floyd

most of the operas by carlisle floyd are based on stories or plays by american writers. but he developed his best-known opera, "susannah," from a bible story. from "susannah," you just heard the soprano renee fleming singing "ain't it a pretty night?"

carlisle floyd was born in nineteen twenty-six in south carolina. he gained recognition even when opera houses rarely performed american works.

"susannah" first appeared in nineteen fifty-five. it is now a classic opera performed around the world.

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voice one:

the most recent opera by carlisle floyd is "cold sassy tree." he composed it from the book with that name by olive ann burns.

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