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, including the world premiere by the Santa Fe Opera on July 27, 2019, and the upcoming recording on Bridge Records.
Here are some audio excerpts from the upcoming BRIDGE recording of “The Thirteenth Child”
Drokan’s Plight from Act 1; Ashraf Sewailam, bass-baritone; Odense Symphony Orchestra, David Starobin, conductor
Frederic’s Return from Act 2, Alasdair Kent, tenor; Ashraf Sewailam, bass-baritone; Odense Symphony Orchestra, David Starobin, conductor
Food Song from Act 2, David Portillo, tenor; Alasdair Kent, tenor; Alex Rosen, bass; Odense Symphony Orchestra, Bridge Singers, (Amber Evans, choirmaster); David Starobin, conductor
Oh Mother from Act 1; Sarah Shafer, soprano, Odense Symphony Orchestra, David Starobin, conductor