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.

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. -David Starobin

Click here to order tickets to the Santa Fe Opera production of The Thirteenth Child

Preorder the recording from:
Bridge Records
Arkiv Music

Digital pre-orders coming soon!

Here are some audio excerpts from the soon to be available BRIDGE recording of “The Thirteenth Child”, June 21st release date

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