The UK premiere of The Juniper Tree an opera by Philip Glass and Robert Moran is to be staged in London by The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in an innovative production which brings together professional musicians and singers with a community choir and children, as part of Richmond-upon-Thames’ Music and Drama Festival in March 2017, in what will be Philip Glass’ 80th year. Press release here.
The Juniper Tree is a “macabre tale with an unexpectedly happy ending”, according to producer Helen Astrid. It is based on what has been described as “the grimmest of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales” – a story of how a young boy is killed by his wicked step-mother and fed to his unwitting father in a stew but later comes back to life.
The opera was composed by Glass and Moran, with a libretto by award-winning Arthur Yorinks, in 1985 and is one of the few operas by Glass in the English language!
The Juniper Tree will be performed at The Hammond Theatre, Hampton, TW12 3HD on March 30 and 31 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available here:
The Helen Astrid Singing Academy has been invited by the Music and Drama Festival 20117, Richmond-upon-Thames, to perform an extract from The Juniper Tree as the headline act at the Festival launch on Sunday 12th March 2017, 2.00pm at the Harlequins Stoop, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 7SXT.