Poul Ruders: The Thirteenth Child
Ruders Edition: Vol. 14

$ 16.99
Poul Ruders: The Thirteenth Child <br> Ruders Edition: Vol. 14 <br> BRIDGE 9527

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The Thirteenth Child is a new opera in two acts, with music by Poul Ruders to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin. Commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester, the libretto is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story, "The Twelve Brothers".  The recording, made in Denmark and the USA, brings Ruders's gripping 80-minute score vividly to life, and is being released by Bridge Records in tandem with the world premiere staging of The Thirteenth Child by the Santa Fe Opera in July and August of 2019.  The recording features  soprano Sarah Shafer as Princess Lyra; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Queen Gertrude (Ms. Mumford will also create the role for The Santa Fe Opera production); bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam as Drokan; bass Matt Boehler as King Hjarne; tenor David Portillo as Benjamin; tenor Alasdair Kent as Prince Frederic and Toke, and bass Alex Rosen as Corbin.  The Odense Symfoniorkester and the Bridge Academy Singers are conducted by David Starobin and Benjamin Shwartz, with Amber Evans, chorus master.  The Thirteenth Child is Poul Ruders's fifth opera.  The 70 year old Danish composer is well known for his gripping dystopian opera, The Handmaid's Tale. The Thirteenth Child shares some of the dark world of The Handmaid's Tale, but also gives the listener a fairytale, full of romance, magic and transformation.

"The Thirteenth Child is an unalloyed success...a threshold to the mysterious realms of the unconscious, even the astral, a place where flowers can transform into ravens in the blink of an eye.   It acts as a reminder that true theatricality is alive and well; it reminds us that Ruders's chameleon ability to move between musical vernaculars, yet to speak always the truth, puts him up there with the finest of living composers.  The stunning recording enables us fully to throw ourselves into this magical parallel world." 
 --Colin Clarke, Fanfare 

"Fairy tales advance by surprising, generally magical events, and Ruders has invented captivating music for each. Ruders and his librettists have created an enchanting work in the genre of the fairy-tale opera, replete with spells, magic gardens, a quest to find 12 long-lost brothers, and a princess (the 13th child of the title) fated to undergo ill and happy adventures before she rescues her brothers and weds her prince..."

-Fanfare Magazine, June 2019

"...two outstanding singers, mezzo Tamara Mumford as Gertrude and lyric soprano Sarah Shafer as Lyra...Ruders furnishes the mother-daughter relationship with his most beautiful music, and the two singers are luminous in tone and moving emotionally. I must single out bass Matt Bochler as Hjarne, who encompasses an extraordinary vocal range extending from Fafner-like low notes to an eerie high falsetto. As the love interest, Prince Frederic, lyric tenor Alasdair Kent has a gleaming romantic tone perfectly suited to some of Ruders’s most romantic melodies."

-Fanfare Magazine, June 2019

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