29 June – 16 July 2017


Pavilion Theatre & venues around Greater Manchester

Tue 4 – Sun 16 July

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.

BambinO will play all over Greater Manchester during MIF17:

Pavilion Theatre
Festival Square (Albert Square), Manchester M2 5DB
Tue 4 July at 1.30pm (preview)
Wed 5 July at 10:30 & 1:30pm

The Edge (formerly Pier Centre)
Riveredge, Wigan WN3 5AB
Thur 6 & Fri 7 July at 10.30am & 1.30pm

The Grafton Centre
Grafton Street, Hyde SK14 2AX
Sat 8 & Sun 9 July at 10.30am & 1.30pm

Heywood Civic Centre
L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10 1LW
Tue 11 & Wed 12 July at 10.30am & 1.30pm

Gallery Oldham
Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street OL1 1AL
Thur 13 & Fri 14 July at 10.30am & 1.30pm

Salford Sports Village
Littleton Road, Lower Kersal M7 3NQ
Sat 15 & Sun 16 July at 10.30am & 1.30pm

You can also catch BambinO on tour in  Scotland at the following venues.

 Edinburgh Academy – Edinburgh

Tue 8 Aug to Sun 20 Aug

Book Tickets


Scottish Opera Production Studios – Glasgow

Sat 21 Oct to Sun 5 Nov

Book Tickets


Talk: Brave and Bold

Liz O’Neill (Z-arts), Sue Buckmaster (The Welcoming Party), Jane Davidson MBE (Scottish Opera, co-producers of BambinO) and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari (creators of Party Skills for the End of the World) will all be offering insights into how they create original new work for children, young people and family audiences.

Pavilion Theatre, Fri 7 July, 1pm 

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Lliam Paterson
Phelim McDermott
Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Charlotte Hoather
Singer - Uccellina
Timothy Connor
Singer - Pulcino
Stuart Semple
Laura Sergeant

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable.
Image credit: James Glossop