Cold Mountain: a bit chilly in Santa Fe

Cold Mountain. Opera by Jennifer Higdon. Libretto by Gene Scheer. Santa Fe Opera, 2015 world premiere.

This first opera by the renowned composer Jennifer Higdon is based on a 1997 novel by Charles Frazier about the Civil War soldier W.P. Inman who deserts from the Confederate Army to travel home to his North Carolina mountain.

Higdon has the background …

Jerry Herman, still smiling

I first met and talked with Jerry Herman when his most personal musical, La Cage Aux Folles, was revived. We did a question-and-answer feature for City Paper then, and I continued talking with him, developing this longer piece.

Herman was born July 10, 1931, in New York City. He wrote words and music for some of America’s most popular stage …

Finn de Siecle, the finite joy of William Finn

“All I’m asking for is a tune/
Something itchy to tap my toes to…/
I’ll tell you why I love to make music:/
I feel like I belong.”

That’s William Finn expressing his love affair with music. It’s part of his lyric for “Mister Make Me a Song,” which was issued by RCA on an album …

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