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Gian Carlo Menotti

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Singing Child (1993)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
45 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Boy Sopranos, Soprano, Baritone, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor
Programme Note
Gian Carlo Menotti The Singing Child (1993)
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A child of career-oriented, culture-vulture parents is left alone too often with a babysitter he does not like. Desperate for a companion to play with, 8-year-old Jeremy imagines a secret friend that appears as a singing child who chants, but never utters words. The two children learn to communicate this way, to the distraction of the parents who cannot see or hear this visitor. Eventually the parents realise their responsibility and the needs of their child; familial happiness returns and Jeremy speaks once again. A cautionary tale about children’s separation anxieties and emotional abandonment.

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