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Scottish Opera’s ‘opera for babies’ to tour the country

Babies can interact with the performers during the show (James Glossop)
Babies can interact with the performers during the show (James Glossop)
THIS August and September, Lliam Paterson’s five star ‘opera for babies’ BambinO is touring Scotland.
BambinO celebrates the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination by reinventing 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 and each other.
The opera will travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Motherwell and Lerwick.
Written by Scottish Opera’s former Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s critically-acclaimed Phelim McDermott, this pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a co-production with Manchester International Festival and Improbable. 
The opera for babies will tour the country in August and September. (James Glossop)
BambinO recently had sell-out tours in Paris and at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and is being performed at The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman next year.
Scottish audiences can catch BambinO performances at Scottish Opera Production Studios in Glasgow at the beginning of August, Edinburgh Academy at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then at The Lemon Tree Aberdeen, Eden Court in Inverness, Perth Theatre, Motherwell Concert Hall and Mareel in Lerwick during September.

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Director Phelim McDermott, said: “BambinO has gone down a treat with our tiny audiences and it has been fascinating to see their reactions.
“With some mimicking the sounds made by the singers and others dancing along to the beat, it certainly looks like they’re enjoying it.
“Adults get the chance to experience opera in a new way too, through the eyes and ears of the babies.”