Pocahontas

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
Chamber Opera for 8 Soloists, Chorus, Native American Singers and Drummers, and Chamber Orchestra

The opera Pocahontas, with music by Linda Tutas Haugen and libretto by Joan Vail Thorne, is about the miracle and the mystery surrounding the life of the title character. There is nothing in the opera that contradicts the known "facts" of her story, but there is much of her story that is not known. Therefore, in a nonlinear sequence of "real" and imagined events that bridge time and place, this remarkable young woman is viewed as a prodigy of her Algonquin culture and the admired respected emissary of her father, Powhatan, the Great Chief of numerous Algonquin tribes.

Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
EBP
Duration: 
60:00+
Commissioned By: 
The Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival
Premiere
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Virginia Opera
Premiere Conductor: 
Marlene Pauley
Performances: 

The Duluth Festival Opera, Minnesota, Fall 2011

Reviews: 

Opera Today praised Haugen's opera, Pocahontas, as "superbly crafted," "engaging," and "beautiful and often powerful."

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Joan Vail Thorne
Language: 
English