16 Jun

Opera Kids Amsterdam: Encouraging the Next Generation of Opera Lovers

Opera Kids Amsterdam is a great way to get children interested in the venerable tradition of European opera. This Dutch children’s group was founded to help students learn about their heritage, as well as learn to work as a team in major opera productions throughout the year. Children who are highly creative and who like to sing, act, and dance absolutely love participating in Opera Kids Amsterdam.

Boys and girls who take part in this program get the full experience of rehearsing and performing different operas. Many of the operas Opera Kids Amsterdam chooses are famous children’s tales like Pinocchio. However, this team does have a passion for introducing children to some of the most famous operas of all time. For example, in the spring gala of 2016, Opera Kids Amsterdam tackled Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This production featured adult singers as well as a children’s choir. Some other famous operas this company put on include Carmen by Bizet, Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep, and Fauré’s Requiem.

Opera Kids Amsterdam always tries to put on a special show for the Christmas season. One of their hit shows was The Snowman.

However, it isn’t just all singing and performing for these kids. The children in this group get the opportunity to see professional live musicals as a group. They have even visited the Theater de Purmaryn recently to see the opera Im Weissen Rössl.

The resident composer for this group, Jeppe Moulijn, has dedicated himself to writing an original opera for the children of Opera Kids Amsterdam. He hopes to complete this work, tentatively entitled Bert and Bart Save The World, within the year.

Any child who is over the age of nine can try out for this group. First, you have to sing to show the directors your abilities. After your initial audition, the staff will either place you in the group or give you suggestions to help you with your next audition.

After being accepted, Opera Kids Amsterdam encourages their students to practice with different exercises they have developed. These audio files can actually be accessed on their official website once you are a part of the group. Some of the audio files include exercises using Fauré, Pinnochio, and even Hansel and Gretel.

Opera Kids Amsterdam’s website also contains a detailed list of their weekly agendas, as well as many photos and video archives. For anyone interested in seeing what previous productions looked like, you can check out the “photos and videos” tab on the Opera Kids Amsterdam website.