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Opera singer takes ‘bathroom break’ to a whole new level

Any singer will tell you: you can’t argue with good acoustics.

NewsHour’s Chief Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown recently visited Santa Fe for an upcoming segment on the world premiere of “Cold Mountain,” an opera based off of Charles Frazier’s epic novel.

The opera, composed by Jennifer Higdon and starring baritone Nathan Gunn, tells the story of a wounded Civil War soldier who deserts battle to return home to his wife. Frazier won the 1997 National Book Award for the story, which was also made into a movie in 2003 directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger.

Brown joined Jay Hunter Morris, an operatic tenor who plays a leader of the Confederate Home Guard, during vocal warmups and learned some tricks of the trade. Check out the clip above to find out the singer’s favorite place to prepare his voice for the stage — we know we were surprised.

Watch PBS NewsHour tonight for a full segment on “Cold Mountain.”

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