The Classical Child at the Opera

Composer: 
Various Composers
Artist Group: 
Various Artists
Publisher: 
Sophia Sounds
UPC: 
783491010627
Publisher Catalog Number: 
CC-106 D
Length in minutes: 
46

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Large image: 
ASIN: 
B00000J29D
List Price: 
15.95
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
1999
Series: 
The Classical Child

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Short Review: 
Chosen for their appeal to children, these 14 arias and duets beautifully sung in English make a great introduction to the opera for young listeners. Even those who think they hate opera will be drawn in by these lovely melodies, silly story-songs, and catchy tunes.
Long Review: 

Chosen for their appeal to children, these 14 opera arias, duets and choruses make a great introduction for young listeners to Figaro, Papageno, Hansel & Gretel, the Three Little Maids from School, and other opera favorites. The songs originally written in a language other than English have been very ably translated, so that all of the selections are sung in English. Even those who think they hate opera will be drawn in by these lovely melodies, silly story-songs, and catchy tunes, including: the rousing “Children’s March” from Bizet’s Carmen; the silly Papageno/Papagena arias/duets from Mozart’s The Magic Flute; the catchy Figaro aria, “Largo al Factotum” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; and the achingly beautiful “Flower Song” duet from Delibes’ Lakmé, as well as arias from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. Brief explanations of the settings and the English words for the songs are given in the accompanying libretto. For those whose only experience with opera has been through Bugs Bunny cartoons (not that that’s a bad introduction!), these arrangements and translations make some of the most beautiful and familiar music from opera accessible to listeners young and old.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer