Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore”
please note: This production is now past.
Forget about magic beans and bowls of porridge—this fairy tale is a “down-to-the-wire” thriller, inspired by the Brothers Grimm. A paranoid king banishes his twelve sons in favor of Lyra, the thirteenth child. When Princess Lyra learns about her long-lost brothers, she embarks on a quest to find them. Like all the best fairy tales, it has an enchanted forest, riddles, a handsome prince, a horrible mistake, and a nearly impossible feat for Princess Lyra to perform if everything is to be put right.
Poul Ruders is one of today’s most highly acclaimed composers. His operatic setting of The Handmaid’s Tale has been hailed as “a riveting, kaleidoscopic score” by The New York Times. To be conducted by Paul Daniel and directed by Darko Tresnjak, The Thirteenth Child is Ruders’ fifth opera and our sixteenth world premiere.
Don’t miss it, especially if you want to live happily ever after!
Performed at The Crosby Theatre
Becky & David Starobin
A World Premiere
And a co-commission and co-production with Odense Symphony Orchestra
Instant Translation Screen
Production support generously provided by
David Henry Jacobs, Gene & Jean Stark and The National Endowment for the Arts
Production Run Times
Act I – 40 min
Intermission – 25 min
Act II – 40 min
Approximate Run Time – 1 hour 45 min
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"Mr. Ruders is a prodigiously skilled and daringly imaginative craftsman"
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Jessica E. Jones
Becky and David Starobin
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"I have no idea how to describe music in words, but I have this metaphor about what is in store when listening to 'The Thirteenth Child': It is ear candy with ... chile peppers ... and you better believe it!"
Composer Poul Ruders
In the fantasy genre, the possibilities are limitless
Notes Poul Ruders, "Becky Starobin said to me: You have written four operas, your fifth opera should be a fantasy or fairy-tale opera. I agreed because I’m a great admirer of Harry Potter, especially the films. In the fantasy genre, the possibilities are limitless. It’s an explosion of imagination and everything is possible. You can just go wild with the score...