Bios

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.

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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.

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