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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..."

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.

Cold Mountain reviewed by the Washington Post

Deborah Nansteel and Nathan Gunn in Santa Fe Opera's "Cold Mountain." Photo © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera. The odyssey of the battle-scarred warrior making his precarious way back to a lover waiting at home is the oldest story in Western literature — the stuff of epic poems, plays, novels, movies and many operas. So it is a delight to report that the newest manifestation of this oft-told tale — the opera version of the best-selling novel “Cold Mountain,” just given its world premiere in Santa Fe — captures all of its adventure, romance and pathos in a fresh, vibrant musical idiom.