World Premiere Review: All-Star Cast and Crew, Ardent Audience Ovation for Higdon’s “Cold Mountain” – Santa Fe Opera, August 1, 2015

Charles Frazier’s Pulitzer Prize award-winning novel Cold Mountain is focused on two persons, Confederate soldier W. P. Inman and his Charleston-born sweetheart, Ada Monroe, whose lives have been transformed completely by the devastation that the Civil War wrought upon the South. Composer Jennifer Higdon teamed with librettist Gene Scheer to create an opera out of Frazier’s sprawling work. … Read more

Review: Penda, McKinny, Brubaker, Jagde Impress in Daniel Slater’s Psychiatrically Searing “Salome” – Santa Fe Opera, July 31, 2015

The Santa Fe Opera presented Richard Strauss’ “Salome” in an intense production by English director Daniel Slater. Alex Penda’s Salome The performance starred Bulgarian soprano Alex Penda. Her chilling portrayal plumbed the tenets of Freud’s revolutionary theories of human depravity. Assaying one of the most demanding of dramatic soprano roles after a distinguished career in the bel canto operatic … Read more