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King of the Clouds
Composer Michael Ching
Librettist Hugh Moffett
Lyricist

Synopsis
A young man, Kevin, aspires to be an Air Force pilot. His neighbor, Mac, tries to help him with his math homework. His mother, Jane, an alcholic, works as the night clerk at a hotel. Kevin has a girlfriend, Sarah, who has a rough life, but has changed her ways and reformed. Kevin must confront his mother’s alcoholism. In the climatic scene of the opera, the mother, who purchased a gun for her protection, pulls it on Sarah and nearly shoots her. The piece has a positive ending, with all pledging to rebuild their lives.
Synopsis Compiled By Michael Ching

Subject Contemporary social issues
Musical Style American/crossover
Running Time 45 min.
Critical Evaluation

Type of Work Performed By School Performance Mainstage Performance
Opera
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Adults
Children
Both Children and Adults
Either Children or Adults
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
4th - 5th Grade
6th - 8th Grade
9th - 12th Grade
All Audiences
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
4th - 5th Grade
6th - 8th Grade
9th - 12th Grade
All Audiences

Vocal Requirements Available
Adults Children
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Tenor 1    
Baritone 1   
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Instrumentation Piano  
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Costumes Street clothes  
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Commissioned By Dayton Opera
Year Composed 1993
First Performed By Dayton Opera
Date Jan-93
Additional Groups Cincinnati Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Memphis, Triangle Opera Theatre, Louisiana State University

Publisher Michael Ching, Opera Memphis
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