The Florentine Opera brings American Opera Composer Carlisle Floyd’s operatic masterpiece to the stage.  Jealousy and vengefulness, reign 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 takes you 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) sings the role of Catherine with baritone Kelly Markgraf making 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) returns to the Florentine as Isabel, while tenor Vale Rideout (Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry, 2010) returns as her brother, Edgar. Tenor Chad Shelton makes his Florentine debut as Hindley. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer (mezzo-soprano) returns 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) sings the role of Joseph. This live opera performance will be recorded for commercial release under the Bridge Records label.

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


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 Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI 53045 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.