From a parent’s point of view, there are few things more beautiful than watching your child gaze in wonder as something magical unfolds before them. My husband and I saw this in our boys, as they sat mesmerised by the Sydney Opera House’s latest offering for Babies Proms, the wonderful ‘Meeting Mozart‘ with Simon Tedeschi and Katrina Retallick.
Whilst the preschool and toddler sets may not have realised that they were watching two of Australia’s most talented artists along with five supremely skilled string musicians, the adults in the audience certainly did. What made this a beautiful event for the under 5’s was the way in which classical music was presented to them. It was fun, colourful, there was singing and dancing and most of all, the children learnt something whilst enjoying themselves. A wonderful introduction to the magic of music for the littlies.
The Studio at the Opera House is the perfect venue for such a show. Children sat on a large carpet near the slightly elevated stage so that they could see everything. Adults were on chairs or the floor around the outside so as not to impede the view of the kids. There was also a mezzanine level for a birds eye view.
The children were encouraged to participate. We conducted, danced, sang and cheered as Tedeschi and Retallick took us on a journey through the magical world of Mozart. The music was beautiful, the performance engaging and funny. At one point Mozart was determined to show us how clever he was and played the piano blindfolded, sitting on the floor with his back to the keys. Very very clever indeed.
Children were shown how to conduct and how to dance to a minuet. They learnt about two and three part harmonies, variations on a theme and string instruments such as the cello, double bass and violin. At the conclusion of the performance the musicians were very happy to speak with and play for the children which made it all the more enjoyable. The strains of Twinkle Twinkle were heard from the back seat on the way home as well as some giggling about Mozart being ‘a cheeky monkey’.
When chatting to Mr Almost 3, I asked him what he liked most, and along with ‘Mrs Mozart’ he loved singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. His older brother then chimed in and said ‘Did you know that Mozart wrote that Mum, and that he was as old as me when he wrote other stuff? I can’t even read!’.
It was a beautiful day to be enjoying the sun in Sydney, and the Opera House is a fantastic place for kids. There is plenty to see and do, the Harbour Bridge and boats in Circular Quay never disappoint and with parking at the Opera House on the weekends at a flat rate of $15 there was plenty of time to enjoy the sights and grab a bite to eat.
About Babies Proms: Meeting Mozart
Meeting Mozart is part of the very popular Kids at the House program at the Sydney Opera House. Designed to give children of all ages a taste of all that live theatre has to offer, with a mix of musical and theatrical performances throughout the year. It really is a fantastic way to spark creativity in little minds, lead by world renowned artists. Babies Proms is specifically aimed at 2-5 year olds. Tedeschi’s performance as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is wonderful. He is entertaining, amusing and supremely talented. He brings the music of Mozart to life for a new generation with a combination of music and theatre and most of all fun.