re "Susannah" VHS

CATARCHIVE@aol.com
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 12:26:40 -0800 (PST)

We have the following, not the whole opera but interesting in its own right.
"Live" television broadcast from 1956, immediately preceding the opera's
debut at New York's City Center. We remastered this to video from the only
extant record -- an excellent black-white kinescope. 27 minutes.

CARLISLE FLOYD'S "SUSANNAH"
Three scenes from American composer Carlisle Floyd's then new (1956) opera,
"Susannah," to piano accompaniment and with full costumes and sets.
Performances by singers Phyllis Curtin, Norman Treigle and John Crain. The
program begins with a conversation between conductor Eric Leinsdorf and
Broadway musicals composer Arthur Schwartz. Both perform at the piano to
illustrate points about the blurring of distinctions between popular and
classical music, and the importance of the marriage between libretto and
music in any musical work.

More details and pricing info on request.

Stephan Chodorov
Creative Arts Television
tel 860-8681771