Santa Fe Opera’s Cold Mountain received two GRAMMY® Award nominations this week. The first nomination was for Best Opera Recording and the second for Best Contemporary Classic Composition. The GRAMMY Awards nominations were announced earlier this month.
Cold Mountain is an American opera co-commission by the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the Minnesota Opera. Cold Mountain originally premiered at the Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2015. The music for Cold Mountain is by Jennifer Higdon and the libretto is by Gene Scheer. It is based on Charles Frazier’s 1997 novel, Cold Mountain.
There are two acts in Cold Mountain, both set during the American Civil War in 1865. An epilogue is also in the production, taking place 10 years later. Cold Mountain premiered to several sold-out performances in 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera.
Here is the full list of nominations for the two categories that Cold Mountain is nominated in. We have highlighted in blue the Cold Mountain GRAMMYs nominations.
BEST OPERA RECORDING
“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)
“Handel: Giulio Cesare” — Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)
“Higdon: Cold Mountain” — Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers)
“Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)
“Szymanowski: Król Roger” — Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecie? & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)
BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
“Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology” — Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
“Higdon: Cold Mountain” — Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jay Hunter Morris, Emily Fons, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn & the Santa Fe Opera)
“Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto” — Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
“Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky” — C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
Here is a synopsis of the Cold Mountain Opera as listed by Opera Philadelphia:
“Cold Mountain, set during the American Civil War — the pivotal conflict in our nation’s history — is the story of a soldier who wonders (as many have and alas many still do today) whether the violence he has endured has in some way ruined him and made him unworthy of love. In the struggle to answer this question Inman, the hero of the opera, is forced to examine where his real allegiance lies. Is it to his country? Is it to a cause? What is at the center of his soul? What are the core principles that he needs to abide by to feel essentially human again?”
The GRAMMYs will air Sunday, February 12, 2017 on CBS.
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