Farewell To The Manchester International Festival

July 16, 2017 — 52 Comments
Team BanbinO

Timothy Connor, Laura Sergeant, Me, Martin Wooley, David Sneddon, Stuart Semple

It is hard to believe that our time here in Manchester has come to an end.  We have performed in Manchester, Wigan, Hyde, Heywood, Oldham, finishing today in Salford.  The staff and Volunteers from the Manchester International Festival have been fantastic and made us feel so welcome at each venue.

MIF Volunteer

Me with Gwyneth, One Of The MIF Volunteers

Today we all said goodbye as we went our separate ways for a couple of weeks before we get back together again in Glasgow to prepare for the Edinburgh Festival.  We start our first performances there on the 8th August and run through to 20th August 2017.

Team BanbinO 02

Sam Phillips, Laura Sergeant, Timothy Connor, Me, Stuart Semple, Sophie Skellern, David Sneddon

This is one of the duets from the opera that I sing with Timothy Connor

 

Here are some links to press reviews of the production:

‘The payoff for an initiative like this is incalculable…rarely has innocent pleasure felt more vital.’  Please read this review as it is an insightful article which delves into the accessibility of opera and pretty much sums up how I feel about it.

★★★★★ Fiona Maddocks – The Observer

‘Full marks to BambinO. Opera can work for babies, and maybe one day they’ll come to enjoy it as adults, too…’ 

★★★★ Robert Beale – The Arts Desk

‘…it was genuinely moving to see a little girl of no more than nine months giggling with delight as the soprano, Charlotte Hoather, imitated bird sounds during a playful yet beautiful aria

Sam Jackson – The Times

‘…the joy of something like this is watching the joy in your little one’s face.’

★★★★ Dianne Bourne – Manchester Evening News

This video about ‘BambinO’, from the FaceBook page of the BBC, has received over 1.3 million views so far !!

 

 

52 responses to Farewell To The Manchester International Festival

  1. 

    Well done, my dear. I read the Fiona Maddocks review in the Observer today, and note that with true modesty you omitted quoting the line about “the outstanding, bewitching young soprano, Charlotte Hoather”. I felt proud to know you.

  2. 

    Truly, amazing reviews. Congratulations.

  3. 

    Glad it worked out so well. You know babies have a way of coming back time and time again long after an activity they loved was done with them. Enjoy!

  4. 

    Absolutely fabulous! I wish all the best to your project, dear Charlotte! Really, make a sequel for adults too! 🙂

  5. 

    You and BambinO so wonderful, you are a celeb! Congrats on such great reviews!

  6. 

    This is beyond enchanting! I would love to see this become a full length video so others could grasp the concept as well as see what takes place. Yet, I do believe that being there in person would have more impact. Thank you for sharing that beautiful duet. Young lady, you are a gift to the world of music.

  7. 

    Congratulations. I read a few of them and the reviews are great! It sounds like such a wonderful thing to be involved in.

  8. 

    What a lovely duet! You sounded positively entrancing. Those babies are really starting with the ultimate operatic experience–they’ll demand the best quality for the rest of their lives! But then I guess that is the aim of BambinO, isn’t it, to raise interest and appreciation for the “grand opera” experience that is sometimes (falsely) feared to be inaccessible to ordinary people, by making it an intrinsic part of the next generation’s lives from the very start. I think it’s a fantastic idea, and I can’t wait to see where you go with it. Best of luck always, Charlotte.

    Best regards,

    Cate

    • 

      Thank you my friend for your lovely message. I hope you’re having a lovely summer and that everything is going well for all your family.
      Hope to get to see you again this autumn.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  9. 

    Wow! These reviews are awesome! Thank you for sharing the short video. It gives an idea how babies reacted to the show which was amazing to see.

    • 

      Thank you for reading and watching, they do give a little taste of the baby opera but the beauty really is that every show is slightly different to adapt to the audience, great fun.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  10. 

    Dear Charlotte,
    Bambino was a complete success and you as well as the team has a lot to be thankful for. Enjoy your time off, then get back in the saddle again.

  11. 

    Well done, Charlotte! I’m so glad you are having such a good time this summer – and you get to wear all those charming costumes!

  12. 

    Well…. Congratulation Charlotte, very proud of you !!wish you the best , always, my dear Lady rainbow voice !!!

  13. 

    Wow, so much fun just to watch the babies’ expressions as they listen to the opera. So sweet and adorable! It must have been a wonderful experience to see how the little ones enjoyed themselves and how you actually were responsible for their joy. Congrats, Charlotte! Hugs xx

  14. 

    Fantastic reviews Charlotte both in the papers and on the television, so proud of you. 😘✨

  15. 

    Well done on the rave reviews!! 🙂 Glad it was a positive experience.

  16. 

    What a beautiful duet and such wonderful reviews. Glad the children enjoyed it so well.

  17. 

    Your voices compliment each other so – it’s no wonder the babies are enjoying the music. I was lucky to have a father who instilled an appreciation of all types of music in me at an early age.

  18. 

    Brilliant reviews Charlotte.
    The babies were mesmerised,
    It was such fun, enjoy your break,you deserve it.🤗

  19. 

    Hi Charlotte, is the Duet a lullaby? It sounds like one..Amazing🙌We’re all proud of you..and need an autograph before the line gets too long.☺but I will skip in front of people if necessary.

    • 

      It’s about a mothers encouragement to her child to fly, but the entwining melodies can comfort like a lullaby, glad you enjoyed it. I’d always make time for you Eric 😊🙋🏼🌈.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  20. 
    jorgekafkazar July 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    wow! wonderful reviews!! major reach, too.

  21. 

    Congratulations – job very well done! Wonderful to have the audio file.

  22. 

    Bravo, Charlotte, on the success of both you and Bambino. And thanks for the posting the lovely duet.

  23. 

    How wonderful! I especially loved seeing the video

  24. 

    So beautiful… The audio is mesmerizing, Char!!!! 😀 Excellent!… have a great wednesday

  25. 

    The duet is so beautiful! I really am so pleased BambinO has been such a success – and these wonderful reviews! I have started following Scottish Opera on facebook and they have been keeping me up-to-date on things! I can’t have enough of BambinO excerpts, reviews and lovely you!

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