Duluth opera under fire for staging 'Pocahontas' with no American Indians in lead roles

The director of the Duluth Festival Opera says auditions failed to generate interesting among native opera performers, but a critic says the opera just didn't try hard enough and that it's unacceptable to cast the story of a young American Indian woman with non-natives in the principal cast.
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The director of the Duluth Festival Opera says auditions failed to generate interesting among native opera performers, but a critic says the opera just didn't try hard enough and that it's unacceptable to cast the story of a young American Indian woman with non-natives in the principal cast.

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