April 1, 2003 | Tapestry Opera
Facing South
Composer:Linda Catlin Smith
Librettist:Don Hannah
Synopsis
In 1897, the American explorer Robert Edmund Peary (who averred that he had reached the North Pole) transported six members of an Inuit family from their home in Greenland to his home in New York City. To fund his further explorations of the Arctic, Peary installed the Inuit in the American Museum of Natural History.

The sole survivor of the group is Minik, who as a teenager is horrified to discover that the "Eskimo" skeleton on display in the museum was that of his father. Minik's demands that his father's body be returned to him for a proper burial go unheard by both Peary and Theodore Roosevelt.

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Tapestry OperaFacing South4/4/2002 - 4/10/2002


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Opera Fund/Canadian Opera Creation Fund2003

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:05

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Through-composed

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 principal characters: Josephine Peary, mezzo soprano; Minik, tenor; Robert Edmund Peary, baritone; Matthew Henson, bass; chamber orchestra, strings, flute, clarinet, horn, percussion, vibraphone, and three female voices as part of the orchestra

Original Cast
Gregory Dahl (baritone) as Edmund Peary, Jean Stilwell (mezzo soprano) as Josephine Peary, Sung Taek Chung as Minik, James Martin as Henson


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