Lliam Paterson


World premiere
A new co-production with Manchester International Festival & Improbable

The long-awaited follow up to the ground-breaking BabyO, BambinO is a brand new piece of music theatre, again aimed at an audience that doesn’t often get a look in at opera – babies.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies are free to explore during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. We hope adults might find new ways of enjoying music too – through the ears of their bambini!

“It is inspiring to create a new opera for what is possibly the most discerning - and important - audience there is. We all know that babies respond to music and we want to nurture and stimulate that relationship through their very first opera." Phelim McDermott

Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s ever-imaginative Phelim McDermott, BambinO will be a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination.

BambinO Synopsis
BambinO follows a bird, called Uccellina, who discovers an egg. The egg grows to a magical size. It hatches, revealing a baby bird, called Pulcino, who takes Uccellina for his mother. He explores the world. Uccellina is initially overjoyed, though passingly annoyed at his hyperactive behaviour! The pair reconcile quickly, elated to have found each other.

A short pause for ‘Intermission Music’, representing the sounds of the opera interval.

Back to the opera. Uccellina tells Pulcino of the sky and its wonders, and that it is his destiny to fly the nest. Although saddened at the thought of being separated, they are soon caught up in the excitement of his imminent flight. Ready to take to the skies, the birds sing a final duet of farewell. Pulcino takes flight and soars among the clouds, and Uccellina ponders his journey.



Close credits panel

Cast & Creative Team

Charlotte Hoather

Timothy Connor

Laura Sergeant

Stuart Semple

Phelim McDermott

Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Edinburgh Academy
8-20 Aug (excl. Mon 14 Aug) 10am &11.30am

Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow
21 Oct to 5 Nov (excl. Mon & Tue) 10am & 11.30am



What the press said

'The pay-off for an initiative like this is incalculable...rarely has innocent pleasure felt more vital.' ★★★★★ The Observer

'A complete delight on every level.' ★★★★★ The Herald

...the joy of something like this is watching the joy in your little one’s face.' ★★★★ Manchester Evening News

Full marks to BambinO. Opera can work for babies, and maybe one day they’ll come to enjoy it as adults, too...'  ★★★★ The Arts Desk