Classical Child at the Opera CD
Opera provides unique, complicated music and lyric patterns, shown to develop and stimulate minds. But with the vast array and sometimes adult themes, where do we start in exposing our children to this genre? This carefully chosen English translation includes selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, Mozart’s Magic Flute, il Travatore, The Tales of Hoffmann, Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel. Don’t let the word “opera” steer you away; the selections are varied, delightfully melodic and will appeal to children—and adults. Parent preview: while care is taken to have child-appropriate lyrics, I noted references to “Drank that wine,” and “going mad.” Neverthless, don’t be surprised if you hear your children’s voices floating about your home with renditions of “Tit Willow” and “A Bird Catcher am I”. ~ Ruth
The Classical Child at the Opera was created to give children a taste of the magic, majesty and humor of this glorious art form. Be surprised and delighted by hearing your child sing some of the world's best opera music for children. Recorded with an orchestra, pieces were chosen from children-friendly operas, and all are sung in English. The richness of the stories are enhanced by a libretto that accompanies the CD version. Enter the enchanted world of Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, The Mikado and more. This is an award-winning album of opera music for children, praised by Billboard as "...one of the best kids records of the year!"