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Poul Ruders: The Thirteenth Child: Opera

Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Subtitle A Fairytale Opera In Two Acts
Instrumentation Opera
Composer Poul Ruders
Publisher Edition Wilhelm Hansen

The Thirteenth Child - A Fairytale Opera In Two Acts by Poul Ruders (2014-15).

Libretto by Becky Starobin and David Starobin. Scenario by Becky Starobin. Suggested by 'The Twelve Brothers' by the Brothers Grimm.


Act 1, Scene 1

The neighboring Kingdoms of Frohagord and Hauven are in crisis. Following a warning by his embittered cousin Drokan, Regent of Hauven, King Hjarne of Frohagord is convinced that his twelve sons are plotting to overthrow him. The twelve princes, oblivious to their father's paranoia, play in the courtyard. The enraged King threatens the safety of his sons, telling his pregnant wife, Queen Gertrude, that she must provide him with a female heir, as 'only she shall wear the crown'.  Gertrude calms Hjarne and they sing of the Lilies of Frohagord, magical flowers that protect the kingdom.  When Benjamin, the youngest prince, innocently plucks a lily from the garden, Hjarne flies into a mad rage and strikes Gertrude.  Drokan, observing the encounter, admits his love for Gertrude and feels 'the trembling of the earth'.

Act 1, Scene 2

Eighteen years have passed and King Hjarne has just died. At Hjarne's funeral Frederic, Drokan, and the mourners tell of the mysterious disappearance of the King's thirteen children and the shadows that haunt the kingdom. Queen Gertrude, now mortally ill, and her daughter, Princess Lyra, enter the Royal Chapel. Gertrude is repelled by the sight of Drokan, while Frederic is drawn to Lyra. Drokan plots to usurp the Kingdom of Frohagord and Frederic dreams of the day when Lyra will be his.

Act 1, Scene 3

Queen Gertrude is on her deathbed, attended by Princess Lyra.  Lyra asks her mother why she was sent away.  Gertrude has Lyra open a secret drawer where Lyra finds twelve shirts

Language ENG-UK
Difficulty Intermediate-Advanced
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Score
Genre Opera or Operetta
Release Date 2017
Pages 238
ISMN 9790661340508
ISBN 9788759836811
Edition Number WH32719
Catalog No. WH32719
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