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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Review: Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favourite Opera for Children

This CD is a pretty good introduction to opera for children. The music is well done and the song choices are perfect for kids with selections from the operas The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, and The Tales of Hoffmann (and more, but those are the highlights that our kids enjoy).

I love using the library to review material like this though. Because I would not recommend buying this. The main reasonss it didn't make it to the top of my list is that the songs were in their original languages. While this is ultimately wonderful, it is better with children to start them with an english version to help them become familiar with what the song & opera is about before introducing them to its original language.

I was more impressed with Mozart's Magic Fantasy.

I have been looking into film versions of opera lately and soon I will be posting about The Magic Flute and Hansel & Gretel.

We've also been listening to some Broadway music (I highly recommend CATS - more on that in a separate post), and while it's not classical -- it's still great stuff. I love how musicals and operas tell stories. I love how when children listen, their imaginations take care of the rest. There's no need for pictures or video and that is such a good experience for children. How often do our kids get that nowadays? I also enjoy introducing them to the operas and musicals in video format or live, but there's something extra special that first time around. It's so fun to watch them and see the wheels turning.


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