Poul Ruders is best known for a series of brilliant symphonic works as well as for his operas The Handmaid’s Tale (1996-98), Kafka’s Trial (2002) and Selma Ježková (2007). His operas have been produced in London, New York City, Munich, Toronto, Minneapolis, and Copenhagen.

Becky and David Starobin’s libretto for “The Thirteenth Child” came as a result of their decades long friendship and musical collaboration with Poul Ruders. When Poul mentioned the idea for a ‘fairytale opera’ based on the Brothers Grimm short story ‘The Twelve Brothers’, Becky set about re-imagining the story as an opera. After creating a scenario freely-based on the characters and events of the story, Becky and David wrote a libretto, completing it in 2013.

Becky Starobin is President of Bridge Records, Inc., of New Rochelle, NY, a highly regarded record label that has received 30 Grammy nominations since its founding in 1981.

David Starobin is Director of A & R at Bridge Records. Starobin has collaborated with Poul Ruders on dozens of the Danish composer’s pieces, producing recordings, and performing as guitarist and conductor.