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The English National Opera have just opened a production in London of an opera written specially for children.
Can opera appeal to children?

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I'm all for that!
''The Art's'' are very important, and the sooner children are exposed to them, they will find a whole different world.I also feel it can 'spur-on' talent, and the want to learn how to sing, understand Opera for what it really is.

What has been said in many movies and shows on t.v. is when the mention of the word Opera, people say 'no-not Opera'...Or are seen as falling asleep in a sitting.
That point has always made me see red,very closed minded and lack of respect, for this amazing art.
I am very pleased to hear this news, and lets just hope it will continue.
Yes, for sure. Hubby brought our son. He chose well and had highlights playing in weeks beforehand and talked about the particular production too.
They have a concert at the Sydney Opera House that's just for kids, with all different types of music. Apparently kids love it! I see no reason that kids can't like opera, but I do think it would need to target the audience a little differently.
There's no reason why it can't, if it is made in the right way, but since I have never seen an opera made for children I really can't comment on how successful it would be.
I think it would very much depend on the child. My son enjoys listening to arias sometimes but I don't think he's ready to sit through a full length performance yet. We're just introducing him to the concept of concerts but he's still at the stage of dancing and singing along, rather than sitting still and listening....
If the parents themselves get involved and if children are made to be involved then sure, kids could be interested in opera.
I doubt it - having been forced to go to opera as a child, and disliking it, I would never go to one now.
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