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Higdon: Cold Mountain / Harth-Bedoya, Sante Fe Opera

Higdon,Jennifer / Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
Release Date: 04/08/2016 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186583  
Composer:  Jennifer Higdon
Performer:  Heather PhillipsRoger HoneywellAnthony Michaels-MooreIsabel Leonard,   ... 
Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Opera OrchestraSanta Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cold Mountain, composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon, set to a libretto by Gene Scheer and based on a 1997 National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier, is one of the three operas that will be released in the American Opera Series in 2016. It received its world premiere at The Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2015 where it was performed by The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, conducted by Miguel Hart-Bedoya and recorded live for this SACD album. It was co-commissioned by and is a co-production with both Opera Philadelphia and the Minnesota Opera.

"After years of searching for a story that would be the focus of my first opera, I read the first several pages
Read more of Charles Frazier's award-winning Cold Mountain and realized this was it. [...] Looking to confirm my suspicion, I checked and discovered that the [Higdon] family farm was a mere 60 miles, as the crow flies, from Cold Mountain. Writing this opera would be a recollection of the landscape of my formative years... a familiarity that I would welcome in a new-to-me genre." - Jennifer Higdon


The characters are allowed to sing in natural (even if not 100 percent authentic Southern accents), and the leads, Nathan Gunn as the Confederate deserter Inman and Isabel Leonard as his self-reliant beloved Ada Monroe, are dramatically convincing. A worthwhile operatic entry in the long line of American vocal works descending from Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land.

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Works on This Recording

Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon
Performer:  Heather Phillips (Soprano), Roger Honeywell (Tenor), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone),
Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano), Jay Hunter Morris (Tenor), Nathan Gunn (Baritone),
Kevin Burdette (Bass), Robert Pomakov (Bass), Emily Fons (Mezzo Soprano),
Adrian Kramer (Tenor), Andrea Núñez (Soprano), Bridgette Gan (Soprano),
Shabnam Kalbasi (Mezzo Soprano), Megan Marino (Mezzo Soprano), Daniel Bates (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Opera Orchestra,  Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers

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