Wakonda's Dream
Composer: Anthony Davis
Librettist: Yusef Komunyakaa
Other Artistic Personnel: Rhoda Levine, Director; Stewart Robertson, Conductor; Peter Harrison, Set Designer; Stephen Strawbridge, Lighting Designer; Paul Tazwell, Costume Designer
Original Cast: Eugene Perry (baritone) as Justin Labelle, Patrick Kilcoyne (baritone) as Sonny Troce, Kristopher Irmiter (bass) as Arlington, Joe Fitzgerald (boy alto) as Jimmy Troce, Phyllis Pancella (mezzo-soprano) as Delores Labelle, Arnold Rawls (tenor) as Chief Standing Bear, Derek Richardson (boy soprano) as Bear Shield, William Ferguson (tenor) as Jason Labelle, Jonah Davis (boy alto) as Young Jason Labelle, Mara Bonde (soprano) as Laura Arlington, Lily Nunn (soprano) as Young Laura Arlington, Darin Anderson (tenor) as Joe Carson
Premiere Date: March 07, 2007
Producing Company: Opera Omaha
Description: Wakonda's Dream focuses on the members of a Native American family struggling to find their place in contemporary society. The opera was inspired by actual events that took place in Nebraska in the late 19th century, including the trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, which impacted U.S. Constitutional law regarding the citizen status of Native Americans.
Comments: The opera was formerly known as .
Length: 03:30
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: Contemporary tonal with Indian traditional elements
Contact: Not Available
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2003 Partnership Consortium
Project Name: THE TRIAL OF STANDING BEAR
Awardee: Opera Omaha
Director: Rhoda Levine
Conductor: Hal France
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Award Category: 2004 Repertoire Development Consortium
Project Name: The Trial of Standing Bear
Awardee: Opera Omaha
Director: Rhoda Levine
Conductor: Hal France
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Award Category: 2005 Audience Development Project
Project Name: DREAM HORSES Composer/Librettist Showcase
Awardee: Opera Omaha
Director: Rhoda Levine
Conductor:
Designer:
Award Category: 2007 Audience Development Project
Project Name: WAKONDA'S DREAM: Festival
Awardee: Opera Omaha
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Audio Visual Materials
Images:

From left to right: Eugene Perry (Justin LaBell), Phyllis Pancella (Delores LaBell), Arnold Rawls (Standing Bear), William Ferguson (Jason LaBell)
Courtesy of: Opera Omaha; Photo credit: Jim Scholz

From left to right: Arnold Rawls (Standing Bear)
Courtesy of: Opera Omaha; Photo credit: Jim Scholz

From left to right: William Ferguson (Jason LaBell)
Courtesy of: Opera Omaha; Photo credit: Jim Scholz

From left to right: Eugene Perry (Justin LaBell)
Courtesy of: Opera Omaha; Photo credit: Jim Scholz
Schedule of Performances Listings
Wakonda's Dream (Davis)
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - Opera Omaha
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