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Oklahoma City, OK (The Juniper Tree)
March 4, 2017
THE JUNIPER TREE (1985)
Spotlight Opera: Burg Theatre
Music: Philip Glass and Robert Moran
Libretto: Arthur Yorinks
Inspired by: Von dem Machandelboom, a tale by the Brothers Grimm
Of note: The chamber work is Glass’ first opera set to an English text
What the critics say: The two composers’ styles dovetail remarkably well — Moran waxing more angular and illustrative, Glass supplying his patented arpeggiated fantasias, like Janácek ostinatos blissing out on peyote — to form a score perhaps not riveting but attractive and touching. — The Collegiate Chorale
Synopsis: The Grimm fairy tale tells an eerie poetic story of a wicked stepmother who kills her stepson and cooks him into a stew for his unsuspecting father. The boy has the last laugh, however, when his sister buries his bones beneath a juniper tree and his spirit returns as a singing bird who wreaks vengeance before being restored to life with his family.
Karen Coe Miller, Director
Rebekah Parker, Music Director