In a surprising turn of events, the Metropolitan Opera is set to work alongside the Scottish Opera to showcase “BambinO,” an opera for toddlers aged between 6 and 18 months.
Per a press release,“‘Bambino’ is an operatic experience for infants that will stimulate them with new sounds and images in a 40 minute immersive performance. The opera is composed by Lliam Paterson, a prize winning young Scottish composer, and performed by an ensemble of four young artists.”
It will be showcased at List Hall from April 30 to May 5, 2018, for audiences exclusively comprised of toddlers and those caring for them. The company is also collaborating with the Teachers College, Columbia University, who will be studying how the work impacts the children.
“In the Met’s never-ending quest to develop audiences of the future, we’ve decided to start at the very beginning,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager, in announcing the presentation. “This should be a formative experience for the infants of NYC.”