Cold Sassy Tree
Composer: Carlisle Floyd
Librettist: Carlisle Floyd
Other Artistic Personnel: Patrick Summers (Conductor)
Original Cast: Dean Peterson (Rucker Lattimore)
Patricia Racette (Love Simpson)
John McVeigh (Will Tweedy)
Premiere Date: April 14, 2000
Producing Company: Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc., San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Baltimore Opera Compan
Description: Set in the 1900s, in rural Georgia, the story depicts the "modern" age coming to a small southern town as observed by a 14-year-old boy.

Controversy arises when the boy's grandfather, the town's leading and most outspoken citizen, marries an attractive "Yankee" nearly half his age, a mere three weeks after his wife's death.
Character List (Major): Ruker Lattimore (bb)
Love Simpson (s)
Will Tweedy (t)
Lightfoot McClendon (15 years - high sop)
Clayton McAllister (bar)
Loma Williams (mz)
Effie Belle Tate (mz)
Character List (Minor): Mary Willis (s)
Thelma Predmore (mz)
Lula (s)
Myrtis (mz)
Campbell WIlliams (t)
Hosie Roach (bar)
Bit Parts: Mayor (t)
Sheriff (bar)
Dr. Lomax (bb)
Rufus (t)
Buford (t/bar)
Luther (t)
Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman, 4/17/2000; The Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires, 1/21/2001; Atlanta Journal, Pierre Ruhe, 2/3/2008; Classical Voice of North Carolina, William Thomas Walker, 2/2003; Andante Magazine, Wayne Lee Gay, 7/31/2005; Opera News Online, Stephanie Adrian, 2/2/08;
Length: 03:10
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB, minimum 24
Orchestration: 47 players: 2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)- cym/gong/ant.cym/tgl/tamb/wdbl/bell tree/whip-pft(=cel)-harp-strings
Musical Style: Lyrical
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Phone: 212-358-5300
Publisher Web Site:
Audio Visual Materials

From left to right: Erin Wall (Love Simpson), John McVeigh (Will Tweedy)
Courtesy of: Atlanta Opera; Photo credit: Ellis Howard Wallace

From left to right: Kristopher Irmiter (Rucker Lattimore), Erin Wall (Love Simpson)
Courtesy of: Atlanta Opera; Photo credit: Ellis Howard Wallace
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2007 Audience Development Project
Project Name: COLD SASSY TREE: Audience Development
Awardee: Atlanta Opera, The
Schedule of Performances Listings
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, April 26, 2008 - Amarillo Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Atlanta Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - Opera Omaha
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, May 17, 2003 - Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Thursday, February 20, 2003 - Opera Carolina
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, May 4, 2002 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Saturday, March 24, 2001 - San Diego Opera Association
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Friday, January 12, 2001 - Austin Opera
Cold Sassy Tree (Floyd)
Friday, April 14, 2000 - Houston Grand Opera
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