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Cold Mountain 

When: Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m. 2017

In Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier's 1997 National Book Award winner, a wounded Confederate-army deserter flees from the Raleigh area toward his home in western North Carolina and his prospective paramour. Though the journey is somewhat shorter than Odysseus's, it takes on Odyssean proportions through the rugged, romantic sweep of Frazier's prose. Following a popular film adaptation in 2003, the story is now also an opera with music by Jennifer Higdon and a libretto by Gene Scheer. This fully staged production, a co-commission by several operas, is copresented by NC Opera and Carolina Performing Arts. The New York Times was cool on the Sante Fe Opera's production, but audiences weren't; demand for tickets extended the run. And The Times mainly dinged the production for "scrubbing away the novel's rich, woodsy atmosphere." No disrespect to Santa Fe, but why should desert dwellers do woodsy well? We trust NC Opera's try will have Appalachian terroir to spare. —Brian Howe


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