Floyd Herzog, retired producer/director of the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, died Thursday, July 18, following a brief illness. The profile below provides a glimpse into the world he brought to Binghamton University and the contributions he made to internationalize the campus.
With the Anderson Center since the Beginning
Floyd R. Herzog
Producer/ Director, 2006-2010
Artistic Director, 1990-2005
Floyd R. Herzog, producer and director of the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Memphis State University, a master's degree in theater from Purdue University and a doctoral degree in comparative arts from Ohio University, encompassing theate, music, painting, architecture and literature. A former, unprecedented Fulbright artist and scholar in staging at the famed La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy , he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the influence of 20th-century painting and sculpture on staging techniques at La Scala.
Herzog has performed his varied career in the arts as a producer, actor, director, designer, professor, university dean and presently as impresario for Binghamton University's Anderson Center. Herzog opened and for 10 years directed the widely acclaimed Centre College Regional Arts Center, a Taliesin design of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, in Danville, Ky. While there in 1977, he produced, in collaboration with the American Institute for Verdi Studies, the Fifth International Verdi Congress. Previous congresses were held in Venice, Verona , Parma and Busseto; Milan's La Scala; and Chicago's Lyric Opera. The book Verdi's Middle Period, which chronicles the 1993 International Verdi Congress in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is dedicated to Herzog. He also served as dean for United States International University's School of Performing Arts in San Diego, Calif, where he coordinated opera workshops with singers from Vienna to Japan.
In addition to staging for the legitimate and lyric theater, Herzog has presented many of the world's foremost artists and attractions. In 1983, PBS presented a television fund-raising special, Pearl Bailey and Friends at Centre Stage, which aired worldwide and also featured Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn. Both the star and Herzog share a screen credit for having conceived the show.
As a producer, Herzog travels internationally at the invitation of foreign governments to negotiate for American debut tours of artists and attractions. He also directed three major international festivals for Binghamton University. He organized and staged critically acclaimed festivals with Northern Ireland (1992) and Scotland (1996) in collaboration with the British Council, and with Greece (1999) in collaboration with the American ambassador to Greece, Greek ministries and impresarios of that country. In 2007, Herzog's performance on the international stage was recognized with Binghamton University's Award for Excellence in International Education.