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North American Works Directory Listing
The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair
Carlisle Floyd
Composer, librettist, pianist, and teacher Carlisle Floyd has written operas for many of America’s cherished stories, basing much of his subject matter on Southern themes. Born in the Southern Bible Belt of Latta, South Carolina, he grew up in the thick of traveling preachers, revival meetings, and a close knit religious community, though at a young age was aware of that world’s controversial and hypocritical nature. Floyd’s primary teacher was pianist Ernst Bacon whom he followed from South Carolina to Syracuse University in New York where he earned a Bachelor and a Master of Music. He immediately joined the piano faculty of Florida State University where he began exploring an interest in composition, writing both the libretti and the music for operas with a distinctly American voice. He achieved national recognition with Susanna, which premiered at Florida State University in 1955.

Today Carlisle Floyd’s operas are performed throughout America and Europe and Susanna and Of Mice and Men have become standard repertoire. Floyd was one of eight recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2004. He is also the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Citation of Merit from the National Association of American Conductors and Composers and the National Opera Institute’s Award for Service to American Opera. In 2008, Floyd was the only composer to be included in the inaugural National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors.
Carlisle Floyd
Edgar R. Loessin (Director) Julius Rudel (Conductor)
http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=4956
February 12, 1963
East Carolina Opera Workshop
Set in the mid-18th century, the opera tells of the divided patriotic loyalty of a Scottish family settling in what would later become North Carolina. A Scottish laird, Dougald MacDougald, retains his privilege and rank in the colonies until a strong-willed Scottish woman, Mollie Sinclair, challenges his views by pointing out that he came to the New World to find fortune and freedom. Outraged by the Stamp Act, Mollie leads a protest march against British oppression; MacDougald takes the opposite position, continuing to raise his Union Jack and pledge allegiance to "good King George III". Finally, Mollie wins Dougald over to the Colonial cause while her son, Lochlan, is winning the hand of MacDougald’s daughter, Jenny.
JENNY MACDOUGALD (s)
LACHLAN SINCLAIR (t)
DOUGALD MACDOUGALD (b-bar)
SPOKESMAN (bar)
MOLLIE SINCLAIR (mz)
St Petersburg Times, William Dunn, 12/1/1963
01:15
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Kinsmen (Mixed Chorus)
Brigade of Men (Silent)
Slaves (Male Chorus)
1 fl(=picc), 1 ob(=corA), 1 cl(=bcl), 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - timp.perc(1):SD/cyms/glsp/BD/ xyl/TD/tgl/gong - harp - strings(1 vln1, 1 vln2, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db)
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