Opera for young people at NBMAA Saturday

Published on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:22
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art will be offering a free opera performance of “Little Red Riding Hood” Saturday.

The show will be presented and performed by Opera Connecticut artists on the state’s Open House Day, which is why the production can be enjoyed for free.

This children’s opera will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., and children will be able to interact and take pictures with the singers at the end.

The performers are students and alumni of the University of Hartford.

Melody Joy Rubin will star as Little Red Riding Hood, Phillip Fisherman as the wolf and woodsman, and Meredith Ann Ernstberger as the mother and grandmother.

Doris Kosloff, the artistic director at Opera Connecticut, said that one of the interesting things about the show is that it can be entertaining and appropriate for both children and adults.

Kosloff said that the moral to the story is for to learn the importance of listening to their parents.

Kosloff said she wanted to bring this opera performance to different venues and communities.

“I love the space at the museum, it’s becoming our second home,” Kosloff said.

She also is excited to be able to bring the event to the museum on a day in which everybody can go in at no cost.

“I love it. I believe opera should be for everyone. This is a perfect example of how we can introduce anybody to opera,” Kosloff said.

Kosloff and her team started to put the show together in April, and she said the challenge has been remembering all the rhymes in English.

“There are very clever word rhymes in this piece,” Kosloff said.

Kate Swanson, manager of family and studio programs at the Museum of American Art, said this presentation is a good chance for families to be introduced to opera.

“This is a really unique opportunity for young children to be exposed to opera, which is not thought of as something that’s for children,” Swanson said. “That’s a good tie-in here because, a lot of times, art museums aren’t really thought of as for children, so this will be a good time for families to come and expose their kids to thing that they didn’t know would be entertaining for them.”

The New Britain Museum of American Art is at 56 Lexington St.

For more information about the performance, Opera Connecticut can be reached at its website .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:22. Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:44.