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Children’s shows at Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB)’s “Ludovic Spiess” Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio has in store a wide range of shows for children this month. Thus, the most popular titles in the studio’s repertoire will delight the young viewers who come to ONB’s Studio Hall to meet their favourite fairy-tale characters.

The programme kicked off on Saturday, January 17, from 11am with Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen” adapted into a ballet for children by choreographer Maria Popa.

On Saturday, January 14, from 11 am, as well as on January 29, at the same time, children are invited to “The Children’s Room”, a performance graced with the presence of actress Monica Mihaescu (The Nanny) and soprano Marta Sandu (The Little Girl). ONB’s latest show for children directed by Anda Tabacaru Hogea premiered last month and mainly targets pre-school children. These are taught about music through a cycle of lieds signed by composer Modest Pe­trovic Mussorgsky, with the aid of the Magic Piano (the pianist Madalina Florescu).

On the following Saturday, January 21, from 11am, Harap-Alb, accompanied by other legendary heroes, will make a stop at ONB’s Studio Hall in the eponymous show. His adventures were woven into a ballet performance signed by choreographer Maria Popa and stage designer Andreea Koch.

The magic of fairy-tales will continue on January 28, when children and adults alike are invited to see the ballet version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the “Ludovic Spiess” Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio. The tale, adapted for a younger audience, brings to life through dancing a wondrous world where two pairs of lovers find bliss with the help of fantasy characters such as the elf Puck and his lord and lady, Oberon and Titania.

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