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Beautiful Music NOW - Carlisle Floyd

American composer Carlisle Floyd, photographed at his first home, in which he composed his best known opera, Susannah, in Tallahassee, Fla. in 2009.
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American composer Carlisle Floyd, photographed at his first home, in which he composed his best known opera, Susannah, in Tallahassee, Fla. in 2009.

Today's Beautiful Music is the tender aria THE TREES ON THE MOUNTAIN from Carlisle Floyd's opera SUSANNAH. This recording is from a June 2023 dress rehearsal for OperaTheatre STL. Soprano Janai Brugger's luminous voice and artistry are so perfect for this music. American composer Carlisle Floyd wrote the opera libretto and music when he was on the piano faculty at Florida State University, and premiered it in 1955. You can learn more about SUSANNAH.

Suzanne Bona is the host and executive producer of Sunday Baroque, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show of Baroque and early music which she originated on WSHU in 1987.