Yow! The choice was to cancel our recording and move the recording back a year or two, or jump in and conduct the act myself. I’ve worked (as producer) with this orchestra for 15 years and know them well. I decided to have a go, and fortunately it all worked out well. In fact, better than well. For three days of sessions they played beautifully for me, and I was one happy conductor. And I know Poul was happy too. The score is superb. Inspired. Heartfelt. I can hardly wait to see the opera staged.
Next we’ll record some synthesizer parts, and then start laying down the vocal tracks. Drokan is first. The role will be sung by Ashraf Sewailam. He’s scheduled to record it the last few days of August.
Bridge Records will begin recording “The Thirteenth Child” in September of 2016, in Odense, Denmark. The recording process will involve the recording of all orchestral parts separately from the opera’s vocal parts. The Odense Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the American/Israeli conductor, Benjamin Shwartz. The recording of Act One is scheduled for September, and the recording of Act Two is scheduled for April of 2017. We will update this post as we select the cast for the recording.