See & Do: Cold Sassy Tree (the opera)

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I loved Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns from the first time I read in back in 8th grade. The small-town scandal, the exciting (for a sheltered 13-year-old girl) graveyard kissing scene, the fabulous backwoods dialog. My favorite line would have to be when Camp Williams attempts to defend his wife's honor by declaring, "My Loma baby ain't never nursed no pig." I thought it was pure Southern-lit genius.

Now I don't know that the opera version (Carlisle Floyd's adaptation) will include my favorite line in this stage rendition of the coming-of-age story of Will Tweedy and his recently remarried grandfather. But this Atlanta Opera premiere does offer some other bonuses, like the fact that this beloved book is set to music conducted by Arthur Fagen and features Erin Wall, John McVeigh, Maureen McKay and Kristopher Irmiter. The opera opens this Saturday with repeat performances.

$27.50-$133.50. Feb. 2 and 8, 8 p.m.; Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 404-817-8700.

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