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Wolf Trap, VA (The Juniper Tree)
Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm
Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
New production, sung in English with projected text
Running time: 2.5 hours including 1 intermission
Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap
The Juniper Tree and Bastianello both come from world of fairy tales and folk tales – the former as a Brothers Grimm tale, and the latter from a centuries-old collection of Italian stories. They treat their shared subject material of family with warmth, humor, heartbreak and redemption.
Music by John Musto
Libretto by Mark Campbell
This modern retelling of an Italian folktale tickles the funny bone and warms the heart. After a wedding debacle, a young husband sets out to find people who are greater fools than his own family. What he finds surprises both him and us.
THE JUNIPER TREE
Music by Philip Glass & Robert Moran
Libretto by Arthur Yorinks
This take on the famous Grimm fairy tale is “charming and chilling, a children’s opera for thinking children (also known as ‘adults’)” (The New York Times). It tells of a Wicked Stepmother who murders her stepson and serves him up in a stew to his unsuspecting father. The boy’s sister buries her brother’s bones under a Juniper Tree, and the child’s spirit returns as a singing bird who wreaks vengeance on the evil Stepmother before being restored to life in the bosom of his family.