The Juniper Tree – 30th March
The UK premiere of an opera by Philip Glass and Robert Moran is being staged by The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in an innovative production, which brings together professional musicians and singers with a community choir and children.
Helen Astrid has brought together an electric cast to stage The Juniper Tree as part of Richmond-upon-Thames’ Music and Drama Festival in March 2017, in what will be Philip Glass’ 80th year.
The opera is a “macabre tale with an unexpectedly happy ending”. 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 production is directed by Donna Stirrup, who is currently touring with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has directed for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House. The conductor is Andy Langley, who conducts The Blackfriars Sinfonia and works with the Bach Choir and London Symphony Chorus. The orchestral ensemble is formed of top musicians from the Royal College of Music, London. Costume and Set Design by Laura Jane Stanfield.