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Cold Mountain

Music by Jennifer Higdon
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Based on the novel by Charles Frazier
Performed in English with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy

A love to move mountains

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?

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Cold Mountain is part of One Book, One Philadelphia-A project of the Free Library of Philadelphia

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Dates are Feb. 2016.

Fri, Feb 5 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 7 2:30 p.m.
Wed, Feb 10 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Feb 12 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 14 2:30 p.m.

Approx. 2 hrs 45 min
Includes a 20 min intermission

Cold Mountain is underwritten in part by The Wyncote Foundation as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer, M.D., Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert, and The General Director's Council.

Cold Mountain is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Events surrounding Cold Mountain are supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Wallace Foundation.

East Coast Premiere | American Repertoire Program

Co-commission and co-production by The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera in collaboration with North Carolina Opera

Cast & Creative Team

A world-class team in our hometown

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Leonard Foglia
Leonard FogliaDirector
Jarrett Ott
Jarrett Ottas W.P. Inman
Isabel Leonard
Isabel Leonard *as Ada Monroe
Cecelia Hall
Cecelia Hallas Ruby Thewes
Kevin Burdette
Kevin Burdette as Stobrod / Blindman
Paul Groves
Paul Groves *as Veasey
Marietta Simpson *
Marietta Simpson *as Lucinda
Anthony Michaels-Moore
Anthony Michaels-Mooreas Reverend Monroe / Pangle / Homeguard
Marcus DeLoach *
Marcus DeLoach *as Owens / Ethan / Homeguard
Alasdair Kent *
Alasdair Kent *as Junior / Charlie
Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips *as Katie / Siren #1
Lauren Eberwein *
Lauren Eberwein *as Olivia / Siren #2
Olivia Vote
Olivia Vote *as Claire / Siren #3
Roy Hage
Roy Hageas Reid / Homeguard
  • Robert Brill * Set Design
  • David C. Woolard Costume Design
  • Brian Nason Lighting Design
  • Elaine McCarthy * Projection Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • David Zimmerman Wig and Make-up Design
  • Keturah Stickann Assistant Director
  • Becki Smith Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jen Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Jennifer Higdon

The Composer

Jennifer Higdon

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. Higdon started late in music, teaching herself to play flute at the age of 15 and beginning formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Despite this late beginning, Jennifer has become a major figure in contemporary Classical music and makes her living from commissions. These commissions represent a range of genres, from orchestral to chamber, to choral, as well as vocal and wind ensemble.  Cold Mountain is her first opera. Learn more about Jennifer.

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