MN Opera to co-produce ‘Cold Mountain’

The Minnesota Opera has announced it is co-commissioning and co-producing “Cold Mountain,” a new opera by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. Gene Scheer is the librettist.

“Cold Mountain’ will be based on the novel of the same name by Charles Frazier.

Made into a film in 2003, it recounts the story of a Confederate soldier who deserts the army to make his way home.

“Cold Mountain” is part of Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative, a program which has also commissioned “The Manchurian Candidate” and “The Shining.”

The Minnesota Opera is collaborating with The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia.  The Santa Fe Opera will present the world premiere in the summer of 2015, which marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.