Strong ticket sales for The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Cold Mountain led General Director Charles MacKay to announce Friday that an additional performance has been scheduled for Aug. 24.

Four of the five planned performances of the work by composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer sold out weeks before its scheduled Aug. 1 opening. The final performance had been set for Aug. 22. However, another performance was added for the following Monday.

“We are happy to be able to offer more of our patrons a chance to see the first opera by this Pulitzer Prize-winning composer,” MacKay said.

New Mexico residents who have never attended an opera performance are able to buy tickets at a 40 percent discount. Also, the Aug. 24 performance will be designated as a Family Night, with tickets available at $25 for adults and $12 for youth (a minimum of one youth ticket per order required).

All specially priced tickets are available in person at the opera’s box office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by phone at 986-5900.

Thanks to the generosity of a Santa Fe Opera board member, groups of New Mexico high school and college students studying American history will be offered free tickets to the Aug. 24 performance of the opera, which is based on the novel about a wounded Civil War soldier’s odyssey as he deserts the Confederate Army to reunite with his love.

MacKay also announced that performances of Cold Mountain will be recorded live for a future commercial release on Pentatone, a Dutch classical label specializing in high-end, multichannel surround-sound recordings. Previously, The Santa Fe Opera has produced only two commercial recordings: Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All in 1976 and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline in 1996.