The Tender Land is the quintessential American opera composed by Aaron Copeland, the Dean
of American composers. His music is readily recognizable and speaks of the American landscape. The opera is about a traditional,
humble, rural 1930s family suspicious of outsiders and their morals. When two worldly drifters arrive seeking work on the Moss family farm, their daughter Laurie, about to graduate from high school, falls in love with one of them and is torn between her roots and her desire to explore the world. In 1971, David DiChiera mounted a major revival that was conducted by the composer.