Today, Opera Philadelphia presents the East Coast première of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. The opera, with a libretto by Gene Scheer was first performed in Santa Fe on August 1st, 2015.
Fatigued by the horrors of the Civil War, deserter W.P. Inman foots the arduous terrain of North Carolina toward home and the salve of his love, Ada Monroe, herself transformed by his absence. Once a Southern lady of privilege, Ada adapts to years of profound deprivation thanks to a resourceful new friend, Ruby. Inman’s odyssey home is plagued by not only the Home Guard’s marshals, but a more gruesome possibility: has the war’s violence withered his human capacity to love? And further, what truly makes a man a human ? (reproduced from the Opera Philadelphia website).The cast is almost the same as in Santa Fe : baritone Jarett Ott (W.P. Inman, replacing Nathan Gunn), mezzo Isabel Leonard (Ada Monroe), mezzo Cecilia Hall (Ruby Thewes), tenor Jay Hunter Morris (Teague), bass Kevin Burdette (Stobrod), baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore (Reverend Monroe). Corrado Rovaris replaces Miguel Harth-Bedoya in the pit and Leonard Foglia directs.
The performance should last about 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.