MIF 2017: BambinO

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
BambinO

BambinO at Albert Square, City Centre 4 — 16 July 2017 Tickets from £5 — Book now

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that babies flipping love a good blast of music or song but also that access to top quality live music and opera experiences with the tiniest tots is, ahem, pretty limited.

Parents of the world can now rejoice as Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and pioneering artistic changemakers Improbable are throwing the gauntlet down in staging an exciting new experience for babies aged 6-18 months.

There can’t be many more dramatic or passionate creatures than kids this age which is why opera as an art form could not be more perfect.  We love that we can expect the same level of detail that adult audiences enjoy with singers, live music, imainative direction and set design.

Crawling, rolling, swaying, tumbling, dribbling, squealing loudly at and grabbing hold of the singers, musicians, fellow teeny audience members and anything else they can get their hands on will be positively encouraged.

Any parent will treasure those incredibly heart-bursting moments when you see your baby squawking with delight and wonder. BambinO is surely set to be one of them. It may even ignite a new family opera appreciation …

After its first performances at the Pavilion Theatre in Festival Square, BambinO will tour to The Edge (Wigan), The Grafton Centre (Hyde), Heywood Civic Centre, Gallery Oldham and Salford Sports Village.

BambinO at Albert Square, City Centre 4 — 16 July 2017 Tickets from £5 Book now

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