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Boston Children's Opera

Official Website:Boston Children's Opera
Location:471 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA, 02478 map
Ages:Kids, Teens
Category:Music Classes
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Boston Children's Opera, in its fifteenth season, enrolls over 400 singers per year, in grades 2 and up. During the season, which consists of three main productions and four, two-week summer programs, the opera has fifty performances.

The Program
Boston Children's Opera is a program for singers in grades 2 through 9. The opera has seven different casts that each rehearse once a week—you choose a cast and attend once a week at that time. Available cast times are Monday through Friday, 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday, 1:00-3:15 pm, or Saturday 3:15-5:30 pm.

To participate, singers must have strong reading ability. There are no auditions, but singers should have good singing voices. Each singer receives a cassette tape of the music for rehearsing at home and is expected to review the materials for at least 20 minutes daily in order to learn and memorize their role for the 2 hour show. Each cast presents 2 performances of the opera.

The Operas
All operas are composed by Artistic Director, David Budgell, utilizing classic operatic style of ensemble, aria and recitative. The operas are based on fairy tales and popular stories. David Budgell's operatic masterpieces are written to be performed by and for children.

Other Appearances by Boston Children's Opera
In addition to their own performances, Boston Children’s Opera’s performances include Boston Lyric Opera (12 operas); Boston University (9 operas); New England Conservatory (3 operas); Hansel and Gretel with Opera New England, the Boston Aria Guild and Longwood Opera; three televised productions with the Mass. Corporation. for Educational Telecommunications with Boston Lyric Opera /Opera New England; Harvard’s Carmen and La Boheme; WCRB radio; a television show, Healthy Kids (FX channel); Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Griffelkin (Jordan Hall and Tanglewood)- recorded on Chandos; and Carmen with MIT.

Boston Children's Opera is a very professional theatre club, without being boring, rigid or too intense. The kids work hard, have fun and really rise to the occasion, reaching high standards, without feeling pressured. Kids of all ages seem to work nicely together.


Great Theatre Introductory Program!!!! Fun!
BCO is the greatest thing I did in elementary and middle school. I really found my voice there. It's a great introductory program for children to theatre and I highly recommend it. It's fun too! Now that I've grown out of BCO I continue to participate in more professional theatre around the area.
BCO Is Wonderful!
My 8-year-old twins were in two different productions with Boston Children's Opera this year. They both had a great time and became much more self-confident about getting up on the stage in a production. They also made friends. In particular, the people who run BCO, David and Jenni, are terrific with the youth and really do a lot to encourage them. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

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