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November 14, 2006
A Flowering Tree
Composer:John Adams
Librettist:John AdamsPeter Sellars
Synopsis
In the 2000-year-old South Indian folk tale A Flowering Tree, a beautiful girl named Kumudha devises a plan to help her impoverished family: she transforms herself into a tree, from which she and her sister gather the fragrant flowers, weave them into garlands, and sell them at the marketplace. They carefully perform the ritual, which requires two pitchers of water for Kumudha to turn into the tree, and two pitchers of water for her to turn back into human form.

The local prince spies on her and wants her for his wife. After their wedding, the prince commands Kumudha to perform the transformation for him. She complies, but his sister watches from a hiding place and, envious of her sister-in-law’s powers, forces Kumudha to perform the ritual for her and a group of her friends.

After Kumudha turns into a tree, they break her branches, tear off her flowers, and abandon her, neglecting the water ritual which would revert her back into human shape. Trapped in a netherworld, not quite tree, not quite human, Kumudha is eventually rescued by a band of minstrels, who incorporate her into their travelling act because she can sing exquisitely.

Meanwhile the prince, distraught at his wife’s disappearance, wanders through the country as a beggar. After a long time he ends up at his sister’s palace (she has since become a queen). Barely recognizing him, she takes him in.

When she hears about a travelling minstrel troupe and a strange tree-woman with a heavenly voice, she summons the broken hybrid to the palace, in hopes it will help the prince. At once the prince recognizes his wife’s voice, and with pitchers of water restores her to her human self.

Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Opera OmahaA Flowering Tree2/13/2015 - 2/15/2015
Cincinnati OperaA Flowering Tree6/30/2011 - 7/2/2011
Chicago Opera TheaterA Flowering Tree5/5/2008 - 5/25/2008


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The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2011

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:30

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
Lyric Soprano, Tenor, Bass; SATB Chorus(min 40)

Original Cast
Storyteller: Eric Owens
The Prince: Russell Thomas
Kumudha: Jessica Rivera


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