The Thirteenth Child
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.
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