very clever friend of ours brought "The World's Best Opera
for Kids - in English!" for our daughter as a Christmas present.
We knew that she loved music, but we had no idea how well she would
respond to operatic works...well, it was love at the first bar.
She is nearly two, and significantly visually impaired, so we are
always thrilled to find high quality music to stimulate her ears
and mind. This is a CD that I keep in the car player at all times,
as it is a sure-fire way to entertain and soothe her. In fact, this
morning as I was driving her to preschool, Figaro's aria in particular
elicited a number of chuckles -- no mean feat as she is still under
the weather from a lingering cold. She is especially fond of the
Mozart offerings, but does also like the Valkryies! Thank you so
much for providing this wonderful compilation to future opera buffs."
-- Heather Hoffman, Mother and Music Teacher
(February 2, 2004)
"It's a wonderful way to bring children to opera. They're interesting
arias, the stories are fascinating and the fact that they're using
Canadian singers is great."
-- Marnie Patrick-Roberts - Education
Co-ordinator, Calgary Opera (November 8th, 2003)
have seen and heard many media attempts to devise a product suitable
for school children in my various careers in this music business.
The World’s Very Best Opera for Kids is the most
successful I have encountered.”
Sunter, former Head of CBC Radio Music – (November 5, 2003)
"....an interesting and very useful CD....The singers, all
well-known to Canadian opera goers and followers were all gung-ho
to participate....The translations by Daniel Libman are such that
just about every child, I would say from about age five, should
be able to comprehend the words and connect them to the music...As
an added feature, there are five instrumental full-length karaoke
tracks so that anyone can add their voice using the enclosed English
lyrics. It could be a riot." -- Bruce
Surtees, Canadian Music Network, (September 6, 2003)
" The World's Very Best Opera for Kids
is a brilliant concept, sure to find a home EVERYWHERE. ... I see
it ALL...crowded theatres, mezmerized little (and big) faces, heart-pounding,
enriching musical performances...(this CD can) revolutionize theatre-going
and breed a whole HOST of new talent...." -- Anne
Brown, S.T.A. Inc.(September 5, 2003)
"With stellar singers performing some
of the world's most beloved arias in English, how could this not
be a favored CD for families! You can even sing along with five
fully orchestrated karaoke tracks.... For those who loved Mozart's
Magic Fantasy, Hallelujah Handel, or Daydreams and Lullabies,
this is a natural follow-up!"
-- Susan Hammond, award-winning Classical