The line-up, announced Tuesday, is made up of “Cold Mountain” by Jennifer Higdon; “The Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti; “La Finta Giardiniera” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Salome” by Richard Strauss; and “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi.
“Cold Mountain,” based on the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier and also made into a film, was commissioned jointly by the Santa Fe Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. It tells the story of a Civil War Army deserter who walks across North Carolina from his hospital room to his home. The composer, Higdon, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her violin concerto.
This premiere performance also marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
“Salome,” performed 10 times at the Santa Fe Opera since 1962, the last time in 2006, also marks the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth.
Operas seeing their first performances here are “The Daughter of the Regiment,” sung in Italian, which tells the story of a woman who was raised by a regiment of soldiers after found on a battlefield, but is separated from them and pines for their company; and “La Finta Giardiniera,” also sung in Italian, one of Mozart’s early comedies that is sometimes called “The Pretend” or “Phony Gardener.”
“Rigoletto,” also sung in Italian, was last performed in Santa Fe in 2000 and tells the tragic story of a court jester trying to protect his young daughter from the treachery in the world.
The Santa Fe Opera’s 2015 season opens July 3 and runs through Aug. 29. Tickets will be available in person or by telephone (986-5900) beginning June 27, with online sales starting in September.