This is life

Kumudha is a young woman with a secret power – the ability to transform herself into a tree covered in valuable blossoms. But sometimes rare gifts can inspire both love and jealousy in equal measure.

Exploring themes of magic, transformation and the healing power of deep and selfless love, A Flowering Tree is a majestic retelling of a traditional Indian folk tale by world renowned composer John Adams.

A Flowering Tree is a story for our times, brought to life in this semistaged production with exquisite video design by Mic Gruchy. This Helpmann Award winning production was first seen at the Perth Festival in 2009 and now Brisbane has the chance to see this beautiful opera.


Conductor Natalie Murray Beale
Director Patrick Nolan
Video Mic Gruchy
Sets and Costumes Bryan Woltjen
Lighting Jason Glenwright


Kumudha Eva Kong
Prince Adrian Dwyer
Narrator Craig Colclough
Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

A Flowering Tree by John Adams with libretto adapted by John Adams and Peter Sellars from a South Indian folktale and poems translated by A.K.Ramanujan is published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

Sung in English and Spanish with English surtitles.


Free pre-performance talks for A Flowering Tree will commence one hour before the performance and last approximately 25 minutes. The talks will take place inside the theatre on Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 6pm and Saturday, 6 April 2019 at 1pm.

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Pricing Guide

Premium Adult $109 Concession^ $98 Child^^ $55
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