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Carlisle Floyd will contribute to the SFO Insight Panel for his opera

David Gockley (left) with Carlisle Floyd at the SFO member's meeting this past spring
David Gockley (left) with Carlisle Floyd at the SFO member's meeting this past spring
by Scott Wall, courtesy of the San Francisco Opera

The San Francisco Opera (SFO) company premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera Susannah will be preceded by the first Insight Panel of the 2014–15 season. These events provide individuals involved with an SFO production to share their thoughts with an audience and entertain questions from members of that audience. This unique opportunity for opera enthusiasts will be the first of four to be held this season.

This particular occasion will be distinguished by the presence of Floyd himself, who not only composed the music for Susannah but also wrote his own libretto. The other panelists will be soprano Patricia Racette, who will be singing the title role, stage director Michael Cavanagh, and conductor Karen Kamensek. The discussion will be hosted and led by SFO General Director David Gockley, who commissioned and premiered three of Floyd’s later operas (Bilby’s Doll, Willie Stark, and Cold Sassy Tree) during his tenure with the Houston Grand Opera.

The opera productions that will be discussed at subsequent Insight Panel events will be as follows:

  • October 13, Partenope by George Frideric Handel
  • June 4, Les Troyens (the Trojans) by Hector Berlioz
  • June 8, La Ciociara (based on the film Two Women) by Marco Tutino

The Insight Panel for Susannah will take place this coming Thursday, August 28, at 6 p.m. The venue will be the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, located at 50 Oak Street, between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue (a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station). All events in this series are free for SFO members and subscribers and students. Admission for the general public is $5. Tickets are available at the door; but pre-registration is possible for both the general public and those entitled to free admission through an Eventbrite event page.