Hello, dear readers!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, but I can assure you that we’ve been busy working on the recording of “The Thirteenth Child”, and making plans for the world premiere production. YES. The first staged production of our opera is now scheduled for summer of 2019! And 2020 will see the European premiere, in Odense Denmark.
Here is the Santa Fe Opera’s announcement of the premiere production:
The recording of “The Thirteenth Child” is moving along beautifully! With our orchestra (the Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Shwartz, Act 1, and yours truly, Act 2), recorded and edited, we’re now down to recording just a couple of vocal roles and the chorus. The plan is to complete recording by October of 2018 and issue the opera in 2019, before the premiere in Santa Fe. The cast thus far: Sarah Shafer as Princess Lyra; Tamara Mumford as Queen Gertrude; Ashraf Sewailam as Drokan; Matt Boehler as King Hjarne; David Portillo as Benjamin.
I’ll try to post news here more often!
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.