29 June – 16 July 2017



An opera for babies

World premiere

BambinO is a pioneering piece of music theatre aimed at an audience that doesn’t often get a look in at the opera – babies.

This colourful work will reinvent operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies will be free to crawl around during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. Even adults may find new ways of hearing music through the ears of the young.

Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s ever-imaginative Phelim McDermott, who has directed at opera houses around the world, BambinO will be a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination.

Details on the BambinO Greater Manchester tour will be announced in spring.


Lliam Paterson
Phelim McDermott
Guiseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable.

Photo: BambinO workshops in Glasgow, UK, December 2016
© Donald Christie