Scottish Opera: BambinO (4 stars)

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Scottish Opera's opera for babies aged 6–18 months.

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Scottish Opera, MIF and Improbable

Following a sold out run at the 2017 Fringe, this five-star show is back. BambinO is a first operatic adventure for six to 18-month-olds and their carers. This colourful work reinvents opera for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies are free to explore during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. We hope adults might find new ways of enjoying music too – through the ears of their bambini! Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed former Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott.

Please note, due to the nature of the performance, adult and baby ticket holders only will be allocated seats in the front two rows. An additional row of seats behind are for adult ticket holders only, and are not suitable for babies.

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10 Aug 20174 stars

Bird-themed opera for babies soars

From the moment soprano Charlotte Hoather, playing mama bird Uccellina, opens her mouth, the audience is rapt and silent, and, a couple of mini-meltdowns aside, remains that way. Particularly impressive considering that the audience is largely aged 6…

Scottish Opera's BambinO: teaching language one aria at a time

11 Jul 2017

Composer Lliam Paterson talks about his opera for babies, a project that's divided opinion

When Lliam Paterson told people he was writing an opera for babies aged 6–18 months, he found the replies fell into two camps: 'great' and 'why bother?' Thankfully, he didn't have to look far for a response to the latter comment, having spent hours on…

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