14th of December
As an Opera Singer and Classical Musician that works with young children, I’m always looking for ways to bring this genre closer to children (and parents!). If you don’t know where to start, how about Listening to some classics everyone loves while baking cookies or making some Christmas activities with your children?
You don’t know what to listen to, here are some ideas:
Bach – “Christmas Oratorium”
Handel – “Messiah”
Tchaikovsky – “The Nutcracker”
Britten – “A Ceremony of Carols”
And how about listening to Opera with your Children? The Opera “Hansel und Gretel composed by A. Humperdinck is a great place to start.
The podcast for Children “Operina” has an episode where they tell the story of the Opera with the original music of the Opera.
We also made in 2020 with VOCALINI an Opera Song for Children based on this Opera. Take some sleighbells and have fun playing and singing along with the video:
You would like to listen to classical music live with your children? There are a lot of possibilities in Vienna. Here are some tips on where to go listen to the Opera “Hansel und Gretel” with Children and in Vienna this year:
Vienna State Opera:
The Vienna State Opera always plays the Opera of Humperdinck around Christmas time – tickets usually need to be purchased early but there are still some left.
Another great Option is to go to Volksoper, they have a lovely production of this Opera for Children with several dates and times from 16.12 until 6 of January. Check also their other productions for children such as the magician of OZ and don’t forget to ask for an extra pillow for the little ones to seat taller!
Schloss Schönbrunn and MDW:
A little insider tip is going to watch the production with the students of the university of the Music University of Vienna (MDW). They will have 4 performance on the weekend of 16th and 17th of December. You need to write an email to reserve tickets and buy them on the day. The opera takes place in the small but gorgeous baroque theatre of the Schönbrunn palace. Watch opera and enjoy afterwards a nice Glühwein at the market!
Oper in der Krypta:
Another idea of where you can bring your child to listen to Opera is in quite a surprising place: the crypta of St. Peterskirche in the first Bezirk. They are playing this year an Opera of Mendelssohn and they always have many different Operas adapted especially for children.