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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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The Juniper Tree
Philip Glass
Arthur Yorinks
Robert Pittman (Conductor)
Andrei Serban (Director)
Michael H. Yeargan (Set Designer)
Jennifer Tipton (Lighting Designer)
Lynn Torgove (soprano)
Ruby Hinds (mezzo-soprano)
Sanford Sylvan
Jayne West
Janet Brown
David Stoneman
Thomas Derrah
William Cotton
December 11, 1985
American Repertory Theater
The prologue introduces an unnamed husband and wife called The Father and The Mother who have everything they want in life except children. The wife finally has a son but dies in childbirth. The father remarries and has a daughter. The stepmother is consumed by jealousy of her predecessor and kills the son, cooking him as a stew that she then feeds to her husband. The daughter, tricked by the evil stepmother into thinking she killed her half-brother, buries the bones around a juniper tree where the boy's soul enters a bird spawned by the tree. The bird flies to Three Craftsmen who reward its singing with a gold chain, red shoes, and a millstone. Returning, the bird gives the chain to the father, the shoes to the daughter, and drops the stone on the stepmother. The son magically returns to life and the family lives happily ever after.
2 Baritones, Bass, Mezzo-Soprano, 4 Sopranos, Tenor
The New York Times, John Rockwell, 12-15-85; Time, Michael Walsh, 12-23-85.
Music by Philip Glass and Robert Moran. Libretto by Arthur Yorinks based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm.
Mixed Chorus, Children's Voices
1 fl(picc), 2 cl(bcl), 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - 2 perc - hp, 2 kbd(syn, cel) - str(1 vln1, 1 vln2, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db)
Minimalism; lyrical vocal lines.
Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. or G. Schirmer, Inc.(agent)

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