A king’s edict that “a he shall no longer play a she” threatens the livelihood and identity of an actor and changes the course of theater in Floyd’s operatic adaptation of a true story. Keith Phares and Kate Royal lead an all-star cast in the tale of Edward Kynaston, an idol in London’s Restoration-era theater, famous for his flawless portrayal of female roles. In a twist of fates, King Charles II grants women the right to appear onstage while forbidding men from performing as women, leading to Kynaston’s personal journey and transformation. Carlisle Floyd’s newest creation features a highly talented cast of singing actors, lead by director Michael Gieleta along with the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boggs.
National Medal of Arts Composer Carlisle Floyd joins us for his latest opera, which is based on Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty; by special arrangement with Lionsgate. Prince of Players was premiered by Houston Grand Opera on March 5, 2016
This a regional premiere production that will also be recorded live for international release.
Made possible with support from:
- Production and recording sponsors, Jan Serr and John Shannon
- Title artist sponsor of Keith Phares in the role of Edward Kynaston, Nita Soref
Other major recording support from:
- An OPERA America Innovation Grant, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- George and Angela Jacobi
- Lloyd Gerlach