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OPERA NEWS – Gene Scheer in His Own Words

Scheer and Jake Heggie take a Moby-Dick curtain call at Dallas Opera, 2010 Gene was interviewed by Michael Slade for a feature article in Opera News (July 2014, Vol. 79, No. 1). "What makes a successful libretto? The key is its ability to immediately and continually engage the audience; to be succinct while simultaneously creating a layered story and complex characters..."


PhiladelphiaColdMountainhdl216(1) Gene Scheer skillfully transmutes Charles Frazier’s ultra-discursive, stream-of-consciousness novel into dramatically viable scenes. The taciturn Southern deserter hero Inman thus becomes inevitably rather garrulous, not least in fantasy ensembles joining him with the distant object of his odyssey home, the sensitive Ada. Sensibly, the resourceful runaway slave Lucinda (merely described in the novel) here has dramatic agency and bears witness to an African-American perspective

Cold Mountain reviewed by the Denver Post

cold mountain pic ...that gives Scheer a big spotlight. Words matter in "Cold Mountain" and he is alternately sparse and poetic, and always on point as his characters suffer greatly from their lost conflict and evolve as humans. They sing: Some borders can't be crossed, Some wounds will never heal, Some things you can't forget, Hearts buried beneath regret, In the end, how will I feel? Who you are the war reveals.

Cold Mountain Premiere in Santa Fe!

12112114_10153721905792082_5206751823452485849_n Great opening of my new opera written with Jennifer Higdon. Really looking forward to the next production at Opera Philadelphia in February! Here is a pic from the closing. Drinks on the concrete deck-- backstage with some of the wonderful cast.

Everest: The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

APP_4232 Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain and one of the most dangerous, having claimed more than 200 lives over the past century. Until last year's fatal avalanche, the deadliest year in recorded history was 1996: 15 people died, eight of them in a single blizzard. That disaster has been chronicled in at least five books, two documentaries — and now, an opera premiering in Dallas, Texas, simply called Everest.