The Sunday Opera: Carlisle Floyd's "Wuthering Heights"
Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” is the source material for two works on this week’s Sunday Opera (6/20 3:00 p.m.). Both pieces follow the story as adapted for the 1939 film version where Lockwood (Aaron Schort), the new owner of neighboring Thrushcross Grange comes to Wuthering Heights on a stormy evening where Nelly the housekeeper (Susanne Mentzer) tells him the story of the tragic love of Cathy (Georgia Jarman) and Heathcliff (Kelly Markgraf). Heathcliff is an orphan whom Mr. Earnshaw (Matthew Burns) treats better than his own children, Cathy and Hindley (Chad Shelton). Cathy and Heathcliff grow up together with Heathcliff believing that they will one day marry, but Cathy sees the life at the Grange which is owned by the Lintons and is wooed by Edgar (Vale Rideout) whom she eventually marries. Heathcliff retaliates by marrying Edgar’s sister, Isabela (Heather Buck), and the stage is set for the tragic and otherworldly outcome. The cast also includes Frank Kelley as Joseph, a servant at Wuthering Heights. Joseph Mechavich conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Chorus.
Our second treatment is a ballet written for Northern Ballet by Claude-Michel Schonberg who is best known for Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.” This recording features the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with John Pryce-Jones conducting.