The Thirteenth Child

news about the new opera

Greetings, and welcome to “The Thirteenth Child” webpage!

In April of 2016, the Danish composer Poul Ruders finished composing a ‘fairytale opera’ in two acts, entitled “The Thirteenth Child”. The opera suggested itself to Poul while reading a cryptic short story by The Brothers Grimm. My wife, Becky Starobin, and I co-wrote the opera’s libretto during 2012 and 2013, and Poul started composing the opera not long after that.

Becky and I plan to update this page regularly with news about live productions, as well as the upcoming recording of the opera on Bridge Records.

-David Starobin

Here’s a sample from the opera! “Oh, Mother” is a chamber reduction of the final minutes of Act One.