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Operas which include Children

Dear List;
Below is a list of Operas that include children. A few months ago many of
you were excellent resources and I have been remiss in sending out the
compilation. Thank you so much for your time! This spring I hope to extend my
normal 'mini-opera unit' to include 5 scenes from the following operas: Hansel &
Gretel, Carmen, Magic Flute, Street Scene and possbily one more. I will let
you know how it goes!

Edie Yeager
Music Teacher, Knoxville TN
_bearthoven(a)aol.com_ (mailto:bearthoven(a)

A Mid Summer Night's Dream
Alban Berg: Wozzeck
Attila - G. Verdi
Benjamin Britten: Let's make an opera (The Little Sweep)
Billy Budd
Boito's Mephistopheles
Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky (kids sing with adults mostly, one short exposed
section in "Khleba" (bread) scene
Bozzetto Siciliano (S. Bussotti) - boy soloist
Britten wrote 3 Noye's Fludde, The Little Sweep, Golden Vanity
Britten's Billy Budd
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cunning Little Vixen
Der Rosenkavalier
Des Esel's Schatten - R. Strauss
Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Damnation of Faust, Tosca, the Magic Flute, and
Eliot Goldenthal's Grendel (world premiere given at LA Opera recently)
Gianni Schicchi
Hansel and Gretel
Henze’s Pollicino
I Pagliacci - Leoncavallo (act 1 and finale)
Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (C. Monteverdi)
Jakob Lenz - Rihm madrigalists and 2 children duet
Janacek, The Cunning Little Vixen
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt, , BoitoL Mefistofele, Britten: Noye's Fludd.
Kovantchina - Moussorgsky (act 1)
La Damnation de Faust (oratorio) Berlioz
La Gioconda (A.Ponchielli)
La Vita Nuova (the new life) - Wolf-Ferrari
Magic Flute - Mozart - 3 knaben soloists
Manuel Penell'as El Gato Montes
Mefistofele - Boito (kids sing with adults in Prelude, some of the most
glorious 'sacred' music you've ever heard)
Moses und Aaron - Schoenberg (prelude)
Noye's Fludde
Opera delle Filastrocche (Opera of Nursery Rhymes) (Virgilio Savona)
Orfeo/B (Monteverdi/Luciano Berio)
Pagliacci/Caveleri Rusticana
Pelleas & Melisande

on October 22, 2006 10:00pm

Another interesting development. Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus and the Portland Symphonic Children's Choir and one other choir(?) commissioned Imant Raminsh to write an opera FOR children. I attended the premiere at Glen Ellyn and the piece is wonderful- the title is The Nightingale, and the performance was amazing. I believe the piece is published or will be published by Boosey. I may not have all the details straight, but this is a piece to check out. I think Emily Ellsworth and the other commissioners are hoping to develop a new genre of opera written for children. I believe there were about 2-3 adult roles in The Nightingale, the rest were children's parts and a lot of featuring of the chorus of children.

Hope this piques some interest!

Paul Carey, composer