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A Scottish Opera, Manchester International Festival & Improbable co-production

Fresh from sell out runs in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2017, this five-star show is back and touring Scotland. BambinO is a first operatic adventure for six to 18-month-olds and their carers. Performed by two singers, a cellist and a percussionist, this unique and colourful work reinvents the world of opera 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, interacting with the performers and each other. We hope adults might find new ways of enjoying music too through the ears of their bambini! Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed former Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s ever-imaginative Phelim McDermott.

BambinO follows a bird, called Uccellina, who discovers an egg. The egg grows to a magical size. It hatches, revealing a baby bird, called Pulcino, who takes Uccellina for his mother. He explores the world. Uccellina is overjoyed, though passingly annoyed at his hyperactive behaviour! The pair reconcile quickly, elated to have found each other. A short pause for ‘Intermission Music’, representing the sounds of the opera interval. Back to the opera. Uccellina tells Pulcino of the sky and its wonders, and that it is his destiny to fly the nest. Although saddened at the thought of being separated, they are soon caught up in the excitement of his imminent flight. Ready to take to the skies, the birds sing a final duet of farewell. Pulcino takes flight and soars among the clouds, and Uccellina ponders his journey.

Suitable for babies aged 6 to 18 months and their carers

Approx running time: 45mins

£13.50 one adult and child (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

A limited number of additional adult tickets are available for £7 each. Please note adult and baby ticket holders only will be allocated seats in the front two rows. A row of seats behind will be for the additional adult ticket holders.

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