While audiences may be familiar with the beloved story of an endangered human cub who seeks refuge with a pack of wolves, Kamala Sankaram and Kelley Rourke’s retelling of The Jungle Book casts a girl in the central role of Mowgli, alongside the lovable Baloo and menacing Shere Khan. The Jungle Book will feature the Glimmerglass Youth Chorus, joined by members of the company’s Young Artists Program, with piano accompaniment.
“Classical music in India, like European classical music, has a very rich tradition, its major forms dating back to the 16th century,” Sankaram said. “Indian classical ragas (akin to modes) serve as the building block of a piece and also convey specific moods, such as happiness, devotion, and sorrow. It is my hope that borrowing equally from the traditions of Indian and European classical music will not only serve to create a sense of place within the opera, but will leave our young artists with a greater sense of the world and the commonalities shared between cultures.”