The Florentine Opera presented American Opera Composer Carlisle Floyd’s operatic masterpiece on the stage.  Jealousy and vengefulness, captivated aundiencces through this live concert performance of Carlisle Floyd’s classic American opera, based upon the classic novel by Emily Brontë.

“With his music, the composer opens up emotional depths which cannot be experienced just by reading or watching… With the rich possibilities of extended tonality, Floyd finds an astringent, strongly expressive melodic style, subtly differentiated harmony, ingenious rhythms and a richly colored soundworld.”
– Neues Deutschland 

Floyd’s score took audiences to the heart of Catherine and Healthcliff’s clandestine love story, live on the concert stage of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center with an all-star cast of Florentine favorites, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Joseph Mechavich. Soprano Georgia Jarman (Elettra in Idomeneo, 2012; Marie in La Fille du Regiment, 2006; Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, 2008; Gilda in Rigoletto, 2010) performed the role of Catherine with baritone Kelly Markgraf made his Florentine debut as Heathcliff. Soprano Heather Buck (Valencienne in The Merry Widow, 2007; Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, 2009; and Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, 2010) returned to the Florentine as Isabel, while tenor Vale Rideout (Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry, 2010) returned as her brother, Edgar. Tenor Chad Shelton made his Florentine debut as Hindley. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (mezzo-soprano) returned to the Florentine stage as Nelly, and tenor Frank Kelley (Spoletta in Tosca, 2009; Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry, 2010; Pang in Turandot, 2011; and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, 2013) performed the role of Joseph. This live opera performance was recorded for commercial release under the Bridge Records label.

Wuthering Heights was presented by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

This project was made possible by Orchestra Sponsors Marianne & Sheldon B. Lubar, Project Sponsors John Shannon & Jan Serr, The National Endowment for the Arts – Artworks and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.


Click the links below for reviews of this opera.

Read the review from Paul Kosidowski of Milwaukee Magazine.

Read the review from Elaine Schmidt of the Journal Sentinel.


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Read more about Wuthering Heights in this preview article from Elaine Schmidt of the Journal Sentinel.

Read more about Wuthering Heights in the latest article from Steve Spice of the Shepherd Express.

Read more about the National Endowment for the Arts’ support for the recording in the latest article from

Read more about the Wuthering Heights recording on the BrontëBlog.

Come to ‘An Evening with Carlisle Floyd’ on Saturday, January 10, 2015 and meet the dean of American Opera.




Performance Dates and Times

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Performance Location

Harris Theater, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI 53045 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles displayed above the stage.