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Following sell-out runs in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2017, the five star ‘opera for babies’ BambinO is touring to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, as well as Paris and five venues around Scotland.  Written by Scottish Opera’s former Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s critically-acclaimed Phelim McDermott, the pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a co-production with Manchester International Festival and Improbable.

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 production returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with performances taking place once again at Edinburgh Academy. Tickets for the Edinburgh dates are available to buy from March 22.  The show is then presented by Théâtre du Châtelet in various Paris venues from 6 to 20 April.  This busy year for BambinO will finish with a tour across Scotland in the Autumn, bringing this very special opera to Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Motherwell and Lerwick.


Fomer Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Lliam Paterson, said, ‘BambinO is a little opera with a big heart, bringing all the operatic passions to the youngest of opera newcomers and their parents. Together with director Phelim McDermott and designers Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli, we have created a work that is as freshly experimental as it is in love with the grand traditions of opera. The smallest ears as well as the seasoned connoisseur will find something new and joyous in BambinO. And for adult opera newbies, it’s not every day you get to have a truly new theatrical experience at the same moment as your baby!’

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