Opera hits the big house

Three Hebrew-language mainstage productions for children this summer.

opera311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Why shouldn’t kids enjoy an opera season, just like the adults? No reason. And so they shall. This summer the Israeli Opera presents three Hebrew-language mainstage productions for children aged 6-12, two long-running favorites and one world premiere.
The favorites are reconfigurations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Rossini’s Cinderella, both directed by Niv Hoffman.
The premiere is Alice in Wonderland with music and libretto by David Zebba and directed by Moshe Kepten.
Everybody knows Lewis Caroll’s story of the little girl who followed the White Rabbit into adventure, and in this production pretty soprano Hila Fahima sings Alice, Bracha Kol is the Queen of Hearts and Nimrod Grinboim is the White Rabbit.
Zebba will conduct players of the Ra’anana Symphonette.
It plays August 12-18.
Sensibly, this kids’ Magic Flute (July 15-17) concentrates mainly on Papageno (Baritone Gabriel Loewenheim) the birdman and his efforts to find a bride, his Papagena (Fahima).
Cinderella (Bracha Kol) is the familiar story, except that she has a fairy god father, Elidoro (Or Bar Natan) who helps make sure she and the Prince (Grinboim) live happily ever after (July 23-25).
Bank Hapoalim sponsors the series, which costs NIS 270-348 if you buy a subscription and a pricy NIS 130- 180 per single show. The IO is inviting kids from development towns and other places to watch the dress rehearsals for free.