March 7, 1998 | Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Coyote Tales
Composer:Henry Mollicone
Librettist:Sheldon Harnick
Synopsis
ACT ONE: Coyote is alone in the world. With the help of the Great Spirit, he populates the world with living beings. Coyote is told by the Great Spirit that whenever he dies, he will always come back to life. Coyote steals fire to keep humans warm in the winter, and then falls in love with a star, with disastrous consequences. ACT TWO: Four suitors woo a beautiful maiden, but Pavayoykyasi, the bringer of moisture, succeeds. Coyote disguises himself as Pavayoykyasi and marries the maiden. Pavayoykyasi kills Coyote, but he returns to life.

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Lyric Opera of Kansas CityCoyote Tales3/3/1998 - 3/15/1998


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Opera for a New America 1994

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Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Eclectic

Vocal & Musical Forces
6 principal roles, 9 secondary roles; 24 (minimum) chorus. Orchestra: 47 players

Original Cast
Michael Ballam (Coyote); Brian Steele (Story Teller); Kari Paludin-Sorey (Duck 1); Chad McAlester (Duck 2); Jane Gilbert (Fox); Jane Ohmes (Skookum 1); Julia Parks (Skookum 2); Marysia Moore (Skookum 3); Suzanne Ackin (Solo Star); Suzan Hanson (Maiden); Gregory Keil (Pavayoykyasi), Bruce Barr (Suitor 1), Matt Foerschler (Suitor 2), David Soxman (Suitor 3), Michael Lanman (Suitor 4)


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