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Bitesize Opera to open at CBBC Festival


Children will be able to get their first taste of opera this August with the opening of Opera North's brand new family show, The Mini Magic Flute.

Inspired by one of Mozart's best loved operas, The Mini Magic Flute will be performed for the first time on Sunday 5 August at CBBC Summer Social, the BBC's biggest ever kids' event at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool. Designed for 6-12 years, the festival offers a unique line-up of CBBC and CBeebies favourites, alongside a host of international music artists, and sporting, crafty and cultural activities.

The Mini Magic Flute packs fun, fantasy and enchanting music into half an hour, making it the perfect introduction to opera for all the family. Performed by three opera singers and an accordionist, it has been written by John Savournin, who sang Leporello in the Company's recent production of Don Giovanni and who also devised Opera North's popular Whistle Stop productions.This latest show is an interactive retelling of The Magic Flute, Mozart's magical fairy tale, where nothing is quite as it seems. A Prince is in search of a Princess, but will they ever find each other? What adventures lie in wait for them along the way?

A series of informal family singing workshops will also run throughout the day. Led by Opera North vocal delivery artist, Matt Roughley, they will give children (and their accompanying adults!) a chance to explore some of Mozart's famous tunes and find out all about the weird and wonderful characters who people The Magic Flute.

The Mini Magic Flute will tour venues across the North of England in 2019, alongside Opera North's new production of The Magic Flute which opens in Leeds in January.

CBBC Summer Social runs from Friday 3 - Sunday 5 August. Full line-up and ticket details can be found on the website

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