WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
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.
These performances represent the UK premiere of the opera and coincide with Glass's 80th birthday year. It's one of his few operas in the English language with a magical libretto based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale by Arthur Yorinks, author of 35 award-winning children's books. The cast will comprise young professional singers, talented children and local community singers. The opera will be a showcase for Mariya Krywaniuk, James Corrigan and Rebecca Moon. Also singing is ten-year old Lia Tynan, who's already made her Royal Opera House debut and Angus Whitworth, head chorister at the Chapel Royal.
Part of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames' Music and Drama Festival.