Message from Our General Director

Message from NCO General Director Eric Mitchko:

In 2013, North Carolina Opera began talking to Santa Fe Opera about bringing Cold Mountain, by composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer, here to North Carolina.  In 2015 we joined Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera in the co-commission and co-production of the work.  Now, in 2017, we are tremendously proud to present this beautiful and exciting piece here, in the state where it takes place.  This is the story, based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel, of Inman and Ada, lovers separated by war and their quest to find one another again.   

We have two performances, on September 28th and October 1st, at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill.  We are excited to partner with Carolina Performing Arts in this presentation.  We have a fantastic cast, including Ed Parks and Melinda Whittington as Inman and Ada and, reprising their roles from the world premiere, Jay Hunter Morris, Emily Fons, Roger Honeywell, and Deborah Nansteel.  Keturah Stickann directs, and Christopher Allen conducts.  I urge you to see Cold Mountain for yourself and see what everyone is so excited about!

After that, our season will continue with Rigoletto and Samson and Delilah, neither seen in the Triangle for quite a number of years.  It’s not too late to subscribe to the full season!

Thank you for your continued support! I look forward to seeing you at the opera.

Eric Mitchko