Floyd: Prince of Players (CD) – Keith Phares, Kate Royal

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Floyd: Prince of Players (CD) – Keith Phares, Kate Royal

Composer: Carlisle Floyd
Artists: Keith Phares, Kate Royal, Alexander Dobson, Chad Shelton, Frank Kelley, Vale Rideout, Rena Harms, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: William Boggs
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Reference Recordings
CD Release Date: April 24, 2020

Carlisle Floyd is one of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the world today, and is considered the “Father of American Opera.” During his long career, Floyd has composed 13 operas. His most recent, Prince of Players, which premiered in March 2016 at the Houston Grand Opera, is based on the true story of the Restoration-era actor Edward Kynaston (1640-1706). The plot centers on the crisis faced by Kynaston when, by royal decree, he is prohibited from plying the craft that made him famous – playing female roles. With this Milwaukee production, the Florentine Opera gives Prince of Players its world-premiere live recording.

“The full-orchestral version of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players does full justice to the sexual tensions of the historical period it adores… The dramatic impact is heightened by Phares’s unswerving classical line and intense underlying emotion set against Kate Royal’s stunning portrayal of the era’s first female superstar....” (Gramophone)

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