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A generic 'Cold Mountain' and marvelous Mozart mark Santa Fe Opera season

A generic 'Cold Mountain' and marvelous Mozart mark Santa Fe Opera season

Performing in an alluring aerie of an amphitheater atop a mesa in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico, Santa Fe Opera stands practically alone among major American summer festivals as a proponent of new opera. Since the company's first season in 1957, it has staged 44 U.S. and 11 world premieres and has commissioned 10 new operas. The latest of these commissions, Jennifer Higdon's "Cold Mountain," is receiving six performances here through Aug. 24. The premiere is sharing a fairly typical Santa Fe season. Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" are the bread and butter items. "Salome"...

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