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.
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.