Gene Scheer’s work is noted for its scope and versatility. With the composer Jake Heggie he has collaborated on a number of different projects, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick, starring Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab; Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera), which starred Frederica von Stade; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), which featured Patti LuPone. Other works by Scheer and Heggie include Camille Claudel: Into the fire, a song cycle premiered by Joyce di Donato and the Alexander String Quartet. Mr. Scheer worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on An American Tragedy, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Their first opera, Thérèse Raquin, written for the Dallas Opera in 2001, was cited by Opera News as one of the ten best recordings of 2002.
Other recent collaborations include the lyrics for Wynton Marsalis’s It Never Goes Away, featured in Mr. Marsalis’s work Congo Square. With the composer Steven Stucky, Mr. Scheer wrote the oratorio August 4, 1964. The work, recently nominated for a Grammy, was premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and last season was performed by the orchestra, with Japp von Sweeden conducting, at Carnegie Hall. Also a composer in his own right, Mr. Scheer has written a number of songs for singers such as Renée Fleming, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves, and Nathan Gunn. The distinguished documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, prominently featured Mr. Scheer’s song “American Anthem” (as sung by Norah Jones) in his Emmy Award-winning World War II documentary for PBS entitled The War.
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
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
Part of One Book, One Philadelphia—A Project of the Free Library of Philadelphia