Let’s make an opera…. something for your kids to do

Let’s make an opera…. something for your kids to do


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2021

There’s a cute new click-and-point game from Bergen National Opera in Norway, showing who does what and how art gets done.

It’s free and it starts today.

Click here to run the program.



  • Nijinsky says:

    SURE WHY NOT, till by brother shows up and they’re all topless.!

  • Gustavo says:

    While Daddy goes golfing.

  • JussiB says:

    Sorry but opera is not suitable for kids until they’re teenagers.

    • Paul Wilson says:

      I completely disagree with JussiB – our sons have been listening to opera since they were in Junior School – both were Oxbridge Choral Scholars and one is now a professional singer. Suitable Rep is important of course – I would not start a nine year old off with ‘Parsifal’ but ‘Die Zauberflote’ is perfect. The Bergen idea looks lovely.

      • V.Lind says:

        I agree. I was learning Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Rossini arias from childhood. And Wagner overtures, an easy intro.

    • Maria says:

      By then you’ve lost them!! Far from ‘cool’ to go to the opera as a teenager if not had some kind of introduction. But equally you have to be careful too that you don’t put them off as well – seen enough of that in my time. There are ways and means to introduce kids into all sorts of things but important to meet kids where they are and on their terms. Also bear in mind the audience and not having fidgety and noisey kids around with well-meaning parents, disturbing both audience and the performers.