The Thirteenth Child

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, 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.