Talk about starting them early! This autumn audiences in Glasgow have the chance to see the Scottish Opera’s hugely successful BambinO, a pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months...
Following its premiere at Manchester International Festival in July and a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BambinO comes to Scottish Opera’s Production Studios in October and November.
Written by former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s critically-acclaimed Phelim McDermott, BambinO is a celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination.
The show reinvents operatic language and traditions 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, and to interact with the singers, musicians and each other. Director, Phelim McDermott, said: ‘It is inspiring to create a new opera for what is possibly the most discerning – and important – audience there is. We all know that babies respond to music and we want to nurture and stimulate that relationship through their very first opera.’
Composer Lliam Paterson, continued: ‘BambinO will bring an operatic experience to a little audience with ears open to discovering new sounds. It is so exciting to create a colourful and vibrant work that can engage both babies and adults fully, while conveying the drama and passion of opera. The opportunity for me to work with as imaginative a director as Phelim McDermott is fantastic and truly inspiring. He and design team Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli will bring a beautifully crafted operatic world to a whole new audience!’
Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, Jane Davidson, said: ‘Incorporating rich, exuberant colours and images – both musically and visually – we’ve created the perfect miniature opera. Complete with percussion, cello and tiny pianos, all four performers fashion a magical soundscape that will enthral and challenge both the babies and the adults who come along with them. This is not a 'baby' show in a traditional sense; this is baby baroque as you’ve never seen it before!’
BambinO is commissioned and produced by Scottish Opera, Manchester International Festival and Improbable. It is supported by Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.
Bambino is on from 21 Oct to 5 Nov (excl. Mon & Tue) 10.00am & 11.30am For ticket details visit www.scottishopera.org.uk
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