I've been playing oboe and English horn for the Amarillo Opera for many years. This year's opera is quite adventurous for all of us involved. We are performing Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree with Metropolitan Opera Star and Amarillo's own Emily Pulley singing the leading role. The 2nd oboe/English horn book is challenging in rhythms and is especially challenging with very fast changes between the two instruments but it's worth the work because there are some gorgeous English horn parts in the score.
I've read the book Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. At first I couldn't imagine how the story could become an opera but I'm looking forward to seeing how Floyd sets it to music.