B'Opera
Beautiful Music
for Tiny Ears

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Reviews

“They had a fantastic ability to almost mesmerise the children when they performed”
From a review by Small House Big Trips of our first relaxed concert. Read the full review here.

Facebook Reviews
Easily the best kids' show I've seen.
A fantastic performance today of sing a rainbow the cast were incredibly gifted in the way they engaged with everyone.
What a wonderful and different way to spend a morning with my children.
It was perfect entertainment for both my 3year old and 6months old ‐ which isn't always easy to find!
What a wonderful idea and the ladies acting and singing opera were brilliant. We will definitely be going again.
It was engaging and entertaining, professional and fantastic. My son loved every minute.

Upcoming

B'Opera Classes
The Birmingham Hippodrome

First songs with Zoë at Birmingham Hippodrome.
10:30 and 12:00 every Monday, term time
In these classes we will explore how we can all use rhythm, movement, sound and our singing voices to bring a story to life. Join us in the Hippodrome foyer to start the week with a song!
Suitable for 0 to 4 year olds.
Book tickets here
Booking is advised as the class often sells out.

B'Opera Performances
St George's Church, Edgbaston

Alice and the Library Tree is touring! We will be going to the;
New Art Gallery Walsall on Saturday 19th October 2019. For more information click here
Solihull BookFest on Saturday 6th June 2020 at 10.30am in Solihull children’s library
Bournville BookFest on Sunday 14th June 2020 at 11am and 12.30pm

Alice and the Library Tree was originally commissioned by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield, produced by OPUS and funded by Arts Council England.

After its sell-out success last year, A Winter Tale returns on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019 at 10 and 12.30 at St George's Edgbaston. Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bopera-presents-a-winter-tale-tickets-59975683885

In true B'Opera style, you will find opera and folksongs interwoven with vocal improvisation and children's songs. You’ll be invited to sing with us to help Grandma Jac remember her stories - she's a little forgetful. We'll get cosy round a fire, ride on horseback, take a stormy sea journey, dance like snowflakes to music from The Nutcracker, and sing together around the piano. You can look forward to music by Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, as well as folksongs and an Urdu lullaby.

Join us as human warmth triumphs over chilly winter through story-telling and song, bringing together young and old, and celebrating the power of community.

Shows last around 40 minutes with time for play afterwards.

What our audiences say:

My 5 month old was completely captivated from start to finish. I will definitely bring my toddler along with me next time she will love it!
We had a great time today! It was perfect entertainment for both my 3 year old and 6 month old - which isn't always easy to find! You're warm, friendly and talented folk - thanks!!
It was engaging and entertaining, professional and fantastic. My son loved every minute of the performance. It was his first time attending and he was captivated. Age 15 months.
My 4 month old loved the music, singing, colours and sensory toys (bubbles/feathers/balloons/silk cloths) that were incorporated into the performance.
Easily the best kids' show I've seen.
For more reviews head to our Facebook page B'Opera

B'Opera Relaxed Concert

Christmas with B'Opera - A Festive Relaxed Concert with B'Opera's Zoë, Jac and Phil.
Friday 20th Dec 10 - 11.30 at St George's Edgbaston
Professional musicians and B'Opera founders Zoë, Jac and Phil bring you and your little ones a relaxed concert of winter and Christmas-themed opera and classical song alongside beautiful folksongs and audience participation, all sprinkled with games and interaction. Expect a warm welcoming atmosphere, carols round the Christmas tree, fun and laughter, playtime and mince pies, and free tea and coffee.

Beautiful music, very relaxed and totally child and baby centered. A wonderful experience for children and grown ups alike!

Facebook recommendation

Talented musicians, warm and friendly atmosphere, and beautiful music that isn't simplified for babies. The venue and format is ideal for parents with more than one tiddler; both my baby and toddler are enthralled throughout. Free play at the end is enjoyed by all (especially the train and bubbles!), as is the fruit and cake. Really can't recommend enough!

Facebook recommendation
Book your tickets here.

B'Opera To You

We tour all of our shows, relaxed concerts and B'Opera sessions. Do get in touch with Zoë at team@bopera.co.uk for more information.

News

B'Opera has been invited to join the Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium (BEYMC), a newly established consortium of 18 partner organisations including; CBSO, Welsh National Opera, MAC, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham Forward Steps, Barnardo's and more. The BEYMC will be working together toward the common goal of improving music provision for 0-5-year olds and their families across Birmingham. The Consortium's ‘Sounds of Play’ project will target work with Early Years practitioners and musicians. This will enable a more co-ordinated approach to music making opportunities for young children.

B'Opera performed at the launch of Birmingham Forward Steps at the MAC last year - here's a video of the event.

Zoë recently gave this fabulous PechaKucha talk at the Royal Society of Arts in which she talks about what it looks like when you put babies and opera together. It's the story of why we do what we do!

About B'Opera

B'Opera creates beautiful music for tiny ears through interactive performances for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups.

Zoë Challenor

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Founder & Director

Zoë combines a career in singing with a passion for education. A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she conducts choirs at Trinity Laban Junior Department in London, and delivers singing workshops and projects for Welsh National Opera.

Jacqueline White

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Founder & Director

Jacqueline is passionate about music making at all ages and stages of life. She combines her performing career with teaching at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Services for Education and in her home studio, with students from nursery to over 80 years of age!

Phil Ypres-Smith

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Founder & Composer

Phil Ypres-Smith combines a career in children's audiology with composition, arranging, singing, and performing on organ and piano. He is an award-winning music director.