The Thirteenth Child

news about the new opera by Poul Ruders

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.

Order the recording from:
Bridge Records
Arkiv Music

Stream the recording on Spotify

Here are some audio excerpts from the BRIDGE recording of “The Thirteenth Child”

A short sample, including parts of:
Track 9: Hjarne’s Funeral, featuring the Bridge Academy Singers, Sarah Shafer, and Tamara Mumford
Track 7: The Trembling of the Earth, featuring Ashraf Sewaillam
Track 17: A Riddle, featuring Alasdair Kent, David Portillo, Alex Rosen, the Bridge Academy Singers
Track 27: Together We Will Heal, featuring Sarah Shafer, Alasdair Kent, Alex Rosen, and the Bridge Academy Singers

Oh Mother from Act 1; Sarah Shafer, soprano, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Shwartz, conductor