A Midwinter Night's Dream
Composer: Harry Somers
Librettist: Tim Wynne-Jones
Other Artistic Personnel: Todd Hammond, Director
Premiere Date: May 17, 1988
Producing Company: Soundstreams Canada
Description: Inuit Chief Moonwok's son Jimmy, returns to his Arctic village, after an exciting visit to Edmonton, just in time for the traditional Midwinter's Feast. Sensing Jimmy's boredom at the prospect of the celebration's traditional singing, dancing, and stories of the old ways, the village Shaman, Ai'o'u, casts a spell and sends the boy on a quest. Jimmy falls through a hole in the ice to the dark ocean floor, dry because the tide is out. There the choir of the dead hovers to claim him with the rising tide. Ai'o'u, however, enlists the choir of the Northern Lights to dispel the darkness. Jimmy escapes through a hole in the ice and returns to the village, no longer a boy but a man with his own wonderful tale to tell, and a new appreciation of the importance of stories in personal and village identity. 'Stories are,' in the words of Ai'o'u, 'who we are'.
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2002 Canadian Opera Creation Fund Production
Project Name: A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM
Awardee: Soundstreams Canada
Director: Tom Diamond
Conductor: Ann Cooper-Gay
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