Philip Glass opera premiere “The Juniper Tree”
The Juniper Tree by Glass, will take place during the Music and Drama Festival in Richmond-upon-Thames. It’s one of his few operas in the English language with a magical libretto based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale by Arthur Yorinks, author of 35 award-winning children’s books.
The cast will comprise young professional singers, talented children and local community singers. The opera will be a showcase for Mariya Krywaniuk, James Corrigan and Robecca Moon. Also singing is ten-year old Lia Tynan, who’s already made her Royal Opera House debt and Angus Whitworth, head chorister at the Chapel Royal.Children from schools in the local area will take part alongside a community chorus backed up by some of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames staff choir. The director is Donna Stirrup (Glyndebourne Festival Opera) and Andrew Langley who conducts a Royal College of Music ensemble. Set and Costume Design is by Laura Jane Stanfield and the opera is produced by Helen Astrid.