Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain has been released on CD and is available for digital download at pentatonemusic.com.
This recording features the original cast – including Ms. Fons as Ruby – from the world premiere performance at the Santa Fe Opera in 2015.
It was the darker-voiced mezzo soprano, Emily Fons, who created an immediately recognizable character in her depiction of the edgy, strong-willed Ruby. With golden sounds that included an opulent mid-range, she sang that her only teacher was hunger while she taught Ada how to live off the land and plan for a Spartan future.
– Maria Nockin, Opera Today