"Father of American Opera" to sign books at LeMoyne

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts Presents Carlisle Floyd
Posted at 6:04 AM, Apr 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 17:03:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts will be hosting a book signing for Carlisle Floyd, known as the Father of American Opera. The event will be Thursday, April 4, 2013, at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event will be held in the gardens of LeMoyne. There will be culinary delights, edible art, and a table where Carlisle Floyd and his biographer, Thomas Holliday, will sign books.

Attendees will not only have the opportunity to hear pieces of Floyd's music and listen to passages from the book, they will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Floyd, discussing his book, his music and his upcoming opera at Florida State University.  

Floyd wrote his first full-length opera, Susannah, at 28. It premiered at Florida State University and later at the New York City Opera, where it received the New York Music Critics Circle Award.  

In the years since, Susannah has gone on to become the most performed American opera. In fact, this and other Floyd operas are regularly performed in U.S. and Europe. 

Floyd remained at Florida State University until 1976, when he accepted the prestigious M. D. Anderson Professorship at the University of Houston and co-founded the Houston Opera Studio.

He returned to Tallahassee in 1995 and remains actively involved in the world of music, traveling to Sydney, Australia, in 2011 for the performance of his opera, Of Mice and Men. 

This book signing event is being held in conjunction with the performance of Floyd's most recent opera, Cold Sassy Tree, at Florida State University April 5-7, 2013, at Ruby Diamond Auditorium.

For more information on the opera, please visit For more information about the book signing, please call LeMoyne at 850-222-8800. Tickets are $35.00.