Carnegie Hall Announces World Premiere of ‘NOOMA,’ An Opera For Babies

By David Salazar

“NOOMA,” a new opera for babies, is set for its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at 11:15 a.m.

The work, which was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Opera, and Minnesota Opera, was composed specifically for babies and features parachutes. There will be four performances throughout this particular run.

The work was designed by Moving Star Vocal Ensemble, which will also perform the work at the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall. Music was composed by Saskia Lane and Emily Eagen, with Zoë Palmer as the librettist. This is the latest in Carnegie Hall’s series of programs aimed at babies and toddlers, ages 0-2.

Carnegie Hall has already scheduled another 10 performances of “NOOMA” in October due to high demand; it will be offered on Oct. 14-18. The opera is set for its premiere in Minnesota Opera on May 31 and June 1 with additional performances set for the San Francisco Opera in a future season.