Sport: Bronte in Song

When rehearsals of his new opera Wuthering Heights began early this month, Composer Carlisle Floyd set a standard for the cast: "I'd rather have you represent your parts well than sing well." This elevation of theatrics over music has enabled 32-year-old Composer Floyd to write one of the most dramatic of contemporary operas—Susannah (TIME, Oct. 8, 1956). Last week the Santa Fe (N.Mex.) Opera premiered Floyd's latest work. Musically, Wuthering Heights was at least as good as its distinguished predecessor, but Librettist Floyd was not quite up to the job Composer Floyd had...

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