Wuthering Heights (1958 opera)

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Wuthering Heights
Opera by Carlisle Floyd
The composer in 2008
Librettist Floyd
Language English
Based on Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Premiere July 16, 1958 (1958-07-16)
Santa Fe Opera

Wuthering Heights is an opera in a prologue and three acts with music and a libretto by Carlisle Floyd. The work is adapted from Emily Brontë's novel of the same name. The opera premiered at the Santa Fe Opera on July 16, 1958 in a production directed by Irving Guttman. A revised version of the work was performed at the New York City Opera in 1959 with a cast that notably included Phyllis Curtin, Patricia Neway, and Frank Porretta.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere cast[2]
July 16, 1958
Conductor: John Crosby
Heathcliff, An orphan brought by Mr Earnshaw to live at Wuthering Heights, loves Catherine Earnshaw baritone Robert Trehy
Catherine Earnshaw, Daughter of Mr Earnshaw, loves Heathcliff soprano Phyllis Curtin
Hindley Earnshaw, Catherine's brother tenor Davis Cunningham
Edgar Linton, of Thrushcross Grange, becomes Catherine's husband tenor Loren Driscoll
Isabella Linton, Edgar's sister, becomes Heathcliff's wife soprano Mildred Allen
Mrs. Linton mezzo-soprano Elaine Bonazzi
Nelly Dean, Housekeeper at Wuthering Heights mezzo-soprano Regina Sarfaty
Mr Lockwood, Heathcliff's tenant tenor David Dodds
Joseph, Elderly servant at Wuthering Heights tenor Nico Castel
Mr Earnshaw, Father of Catherine and Hindley bass John Macurdy


  1. ^ Howard Taubman (April 10, 1959). "Opera: Floyd's 'Wuthering Heights'". The New York Times. p. 22. 
  2. ^ "Wuthering Heights". santafeopera.org. Retrieved 18 February 2015.