An opera for babies
Tue 4 July, 2017
Sun 16 July, 2017
- About the show
- Creative team
BambinO was 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 reinvented operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies were free to crawl around during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. Even adults found 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 was a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination.
BambinO played at venues all over Greater Manchester during the Festival from Wigan, Hyde and Heywood to Oldham and Salford.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable.
Image credits: James Glossop
Sun 20 August, 2017
Sun 5 November, 2017
Scottish Opera Production Studios
Fri 20 April, 2018
Sat 5 May, 2018
List Hall, Metropolitan Opera House
Sun 9 September, 2018
Aberdeen Performing Arts
Tue 11 September, 2018
Sat 15 September, 2018
Sun 23 September, 2018
Sat 6 April, 2019
Royal Opera House Muscat
For imagination and enchantment, this enterprise deserves every rosette going... Rarely has innocent pleasure felt so vital. BravO
...it was genuinely moving to see a little girl of no more than nine months giggling with delight as the soprano, Charlotte Hoather, imitated bird sounds during a playful, beautiful aria. Another benefit of BambinO was that it put paid to that rather tired accusation against opera: namely, that it is inaccessible or elitist
Liliam Paterson Composer
Phelim McDermott Director
Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli Designers