A Flowering Tree

Opera. A Flowering Tree is an opera full of dance, written by one of today's most celebrated operatic composers: American John Adams.

“Luminous, lyrical, accessible” Chicago Tribune
"...alive with innocence and magic” New York Times

Scandinavian premiere 7 February 2015

10 performances up to and including 28 March.

Performed in English with Swedish surtitles.

Foto: George Souglides
A Flowering Tree. Chicago Opera Theatre 2008.George Souglides

A Flowering Tree is an opera full of dance, "alive with innocence and magic" (New York Times), written by one of today's most celebrated operatic composers: American John Adams and with libretto by Peter Sellars, reciever of the 2014 Polar Music Prize. The opera was first performed in Vienna in 2006. With its sensual music, the opera tells a 2,000 year old Indian folk tale.

The young Kumudha has a magical ability: she can transform herself into a tree. By selling the flowers from the tree, she is able to help her poor family. The love-sick Prince witnesses the transformation. Captivated, he proposes to Kumudha. His jealous sister, however, tricks Kumudha into transforming herself – just to be able to cut off her branches and roots. Half tree-stump, half maimed person, Kumudha flees from the palace. The remorseful prince does everything in his power to find his bride and win back her heart.

Taking the role of Kumudha, Julia Sporsén is making her first appearance in Gothenburg, while American Eric Fennell is making his Swedish début in the role of the Prince. The Narrator is performed by Brittish baritone Omar Ebrahim, who has been involved in many contemporary operas. Nicola Raab is responsible for the direction – she was the director behind our internationally acclaimed Thaïs. In 2009, Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro succeeded Kent Nagano as music director for the Berkeley Symphony – with which she has staged A Flowering Tree in Cincinnati.

John Adams
John AdamsMargaretta Mitchell
Nicola Raab
Nicola Raab
Foto: George Souglides
A Flowering Tree. Chicago Opera Theatre 2008.

Programme

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February 2015

Listen

Playing: Act I, "Kumudha's Prayer"

Recorded live in 2007 with John Adams (cond.) Jessica Rivera and Eric Owens, at the Barbican Centre, London Copyright 2008 Nonesuch Records.

Information

Opera in two acts by JOHN ADAMS (1947-) Libretto by JOHN ADAMS and PETER SELLARS. Performed in English with Swedish surtitles.

  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 7 Feb 2015
  • Last show: 28 Mar 2015
  • Location:

    Main Stage.

  • Length: 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Introduction:Introductions take place on the Small Stage 1 hour before the performance starts, and last approx. 20 mins. No extra cost, your ticket is valid for entry.

A Flowering Tree is a co-production with Teatro Comunale di Bolzano and Chicago Opera Theatre, with generous support from The Boeing Company, Chicago Community Trust, The Mazza Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Staley.

Team

Conductor   Joana Carneiro
Director   Nicola Raab
Set and Costume Design   George Souglides
Lighting Design   Aaron Black
Choreography   Renato Zanella

Takes part

Kumudha   Julia Sporsén
The Prince   Eric Fennell
Narrator   Omar Ebrahim
The Göteborg Opera Chorus
The GöteborgsOpera Orchestra
Dancers
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