Introduce Your Kids To Opera: A Native Mum’s Top Tips
Vienna Opera for Children. My hometown is a fabulous place to introduce children to the world of opera and classical music. Children’s operas are funny and not too long, creating a great first opera experience for kids. While children’s opera is very popular in Vienna it still remains a secret to many travellers. As a native Viennese with kids, I happen to know a thing or two about the best children’s opera venues there. Access them for free here, and learn how to book tickets.
The Volksoper, Vienna’s most popular opera house, stages many child-friendly performances and is much loved by local families (click on the current Volksoper programme to see what’s on).
Vienna Opera for Children. Hansel and Gretel is another classic fairy tale by the Grimm’s brothers. 19th-century German romantic composer Engelbert Humperdinck had famously turned it into an opera for children.
The two poor siblings are left alone in the woods and meet a nasty witch. They decide to trick her out… I watched the opera with my then three and five year old kids. They had heard the story before and were fascinated as the tale unfolded ‘in real’, with music and lots of action on stage. Most loved was curiously the evil witch. Highly recommended.
By the way, if your kids don’t know the story, get them the book beforehand. That increases excitement…
Dates: Selected days in December 2014, 6th January 2015
Get tickets for Hansel and Gretel
Get the book of Hansel and Gretel
Vienna State Opera
Vienna Opera for Children. The children’s opera at the Vienna State Opera takes place either on the opera’s main stage or in a large tent on the roof of the State Opera.
This is the only permanent opera for kids world wide in which children perform alongside professional opera singers and dancers. The State Opera regularly performs bespoke compositions for children or adaptations of operas for kids, such as Wagner’s Nibelungenring (see photo below) but tickets sell out quickly.
My tip: Go for a children’s opera on the main stage, or look for a regular ballet or suitable opera to visit with your kids. More in booking opera tickets.
Vienna Opera for Children. Our brand new concert hall Musikzentrum Augarten at baroque Augarten has a few children’s opera performances in their schedule. Most of these productions are made by the Vienna Boys Choir or their high school next door.
Access the calendar.
More Musical Theatre For Children
Marionette theatre At Schönbrunn Palace
The enchanting marionette theatre at Schonbrunn Palace regularly performs opera adaptations for children using historic marionette puppets. For further information, go to Marionette Theatre Schönbrunn.