Opera: The Tender Land

The Tender Land

Mark your calendars for The Tender Land, performed by the Appalachian Opera Theatre and the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra! 

The opera performance will be at the Appalachian Theatre on King Street. Tickets will be $5 for students and $15 for non-students (~$6.50 and ~$17 with taxes and fees). Tickets can be purchased through the Appalachian Theatre website or box office. 

For seating questions or inquiries, please contact the Appalachian Theatre Box Office at 828.865.3000. Tickets can be purchased in person or by phone from the Appalachian Theatre Center Box Office Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 3pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office one hour prior to each performance. Tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a per-ticket handling charge.

About the Opera


On the eve of her high school graduation in the Great Depression, Laurie Moss meets a young drifter at a party in her home. While her family is tense about the newcomer, the spark of romance provokes new ambitions and worries in Laurie, setting in motion changes that will challenge her family and alter the course of her future.

Sung in English, The Tender Land covers an eventful day in the life of an American farm family, honoring the decisions and struggles of everyday people through the dramatic medium of opera. The score is typical of Aaron Copland’s compositional style in its romantically folk-driven melodies and rhythmic brightness.