A Flowering Tree
Opera in Two Acts
Music by John Adams
Libretto by John Adams and Peter Sellars, adapted from the Indian folktale and poetry in translations by A. K. Ramanujan
Jessica Rivers (soprano), Russell Thomas (tenor), Eric Owens (bass-baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, conducted by John Adams
John Adams wrote his 2006 opera for, he says, "a time of global awareness." The composer drew inspiration from Mozart's Magic Flute and ancient Indian folk-tales; the libretto, co-written by Adams and director Peter Sellars, is in English and Spanish. The New Yorker calls the work "opulent, dreamlike, fiercely lyrical"; the Los Angeles Times calls this "a terrific recording."