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Try Out Opera at the Art Centre
A recent trend in opera and ballet is presenting workshops and events that showcase a small section of the full show. It's all part of the drive to bring these to a wider audience. If you're not sure whether you, or your family, will like a full show then it's a great way to try it out for free.
Unlike sitting through a full, traditional show, these workshops and snapshots come up with different ways to present the traditional arts of opera and ballet to appeal to adult and children alike.
Tamino and Pamina undergo their final trial; watercolor by Max Slevogt (1868–1932) Source: Wikipedia
I've recently previewed a ballet workshop, and I am sure there will be more throughout the festive season.
The arrival of the Queen of the Night. Stage set by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841) for an 1815 production. Source: Wikipedia
In this case, the event presents extracts from Mozart's The Magic Flute. There will be a Scottish Opera singer, musicians, colourful illustrations and a storyteller. The event has already run in other locations in Scotland, and I have had it highly recommended by someone who has already attended. They thoroughly enjoyed the event and told me that the children who were at the event also seemed to enjoy the activities.
If you're unsure about opera, then this could be the perfect place to find out more.