BambinO Opens In Glasgow

October 22, 2017 — 63 Comments

On Tuesday I returned to Glasgow to begin rehearsals for the third set of performances of BambinO! I have really been looking forward to performing again in this wonderful production and to catch up with my friends and colleagues.

Musical rehearsals took place on Wednesday. These rehearsals were lead by Lliam Patterson, the composer of BambinO. The aim of this style of rehearsal is to ensure that the music is in tip-top form and to ensure that the balance between the quartet in the new venue is at the optimum level. In order to achieve this result, we performed the entire piece and then dissected the score into sections and then worked on those that needed more attention and polishing, experimenting with dynamics and new ideas that we wanted to try out since the performances in Edinburgh.

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On Thursday we visited Scottish Opera’s fabulous costume department for fittings to check if any alterations were needed. The wonderful Ali and Lorna were at hand to refresh our look and make sure the costumes looked brand new. It was lovely to get into my Uccelina costume again, especially the feather-covered tutu! I do love that. In the afternoon we had stage rehearsals co-ordinated by Lissa, our Assistant Director. In this rehearsal, we performed the piece on the set and made any alterations necessary to move freely around the new venue. Another element of this style of rehearsal is to remind ourselves of the blocking and our interactions with props and other members on stage.

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Friday arrived with final rehearsals and brushing up. We began with a music rehearsal and then moved into combining this with staging to ensure that we were ready to open to audiences on Saturday morning.

It has been an absolute delight to have performed this show on Saturday and Sunday. I can never stop smiling after the interactions with the babies and their lovely families, each show brings new surprises from confident crawlers who giggle and gurgle.

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Thank you to Keith Bruce from The Herald for his lovely review in today’sΒ paper. The performances run through to the 5th November and if you want to come down and join in the fun there are still a few tickets left but don’t leave it too long or you may miss out.

63 responses to BambinO Opens In Glasgow


    It will be so much fun, enjoy. Charlotte. x


      So much fun, I really believe in the value of this project, not just for the babies but the parents and grandparents who come along too, maybe next time they see a full opera available to go to see to mark a special occasion they’ll go along.

      Best wishes


    Well, Mr Bruce definitely likes you, and who wouldn’t? Are you ready for the World Tour, my fellow Scorpio?


    Wonderful, dear Charlotte! Indeed! The World Bambino Tour is a great idea! Babies of all the world must participate in this wonderful musical idea! You’re great on the video! A true show star! πŸ™‚


    Looks such a wonderful show. You look like you are having so much fun interacting with the children. All the best for the show xx


    It looks like a truly magical experience!


    Sheer delight! I hope this runs and runs.


    Waouw, great !!! All the best for you chΓ¨re amie ! πŸ™‚


    Beautiful set and hope you had a wonderful time.


    Go BambiinO in Glasgow! This will be terrific! Have fun Charlotte!


    This looks so delightful!


    I loved it, Charlotte! You and the children were having a wonderful time. What a fabulous opportunity for these babies and their parents to take part in this fantastic show. Congrats to you and the rest of the cast for an outstanding performance. Hugs xx


    How exciting! What a grand time to be you and what a grand time to be a bambino in the audience! <3


    So cute and what a great thing you did to these young ones!


    What a wonderful review. You must have been thrilled to read that. You will have a lovely time performing this opera again. Enjoy!


    The review is wonderful, Charlotte but no more than you deserve! Enjoy performing this lovely opera again!


    I have seen you involved in many projects and I find it refreshing that this one has been reoccurring. Mainly because it is so different! Very participatory for the infants which is great! And you seem to enjoy it as well.

    Enjoy this run!


      Thanks Steve, it’s been a lovely year so far working on this. I’m really enjoying it. Thanks for keeping an eye on me I appreciate it, I hope all is well with you?
      Best wishes


    Great review from the Herald! Sounds like you, and everyone else, is enjoying your work.


    Dear Charlotte,
    Enjoy your training in Glasgow for Bambino I am sure you will continue to be a great success. May the Lord bless you richly my beloved.


    The singing is just divine. Wish you could bring it to Melbourne.


    That set is amazing! So glad you are enjoying this so much. πŸ™‚


      Emma and Giuseppe Belli really did a fabulous job, it’s been packed up for touring and laid and relaid and it’s still like new, the babies love the pillows and the eggs!
      Best wishes

    amrit pal singh October 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Good job continue god help her


    I never tire from hearing the short excerpts shown in the advertising of the show, and wish I could have β€˜borrowed’ a baby to see the full show when you were in Manchester but, it wasn’t to be, 😳 however, I have my ticket for your Messiah performance in December yay! πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨ Bambino is a unique and fantastic show that has shown opera is for all ages, and should be encouraged in our schools. Love and hugs xxxxxx


    I’ve just found and read the review in the Herald, it is a really good review well done xxx


    Magnificent voices surround the fantasy and wonder of children – what could possibly be better than that?!!!


    Marvellous set! And you look wonderful in your costume!


    I loved this when I saw it in Manchester Charlotte,
    Must be fabulous seeing different babies every performance,
    With different reactions every show xx


    Haven’t you always wanted to be a part of a Musical? A combination of acting & singing… this is a good one.


    Looks like you had as much fun as the children. Thanks for sharing the trailer.

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