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The World's Very Best Opera for Kids

“No family should be without this collection of beloved arias from around the world performed by professional opera singers and exactingly translated into English (without missing a beat).” – Publishers Weekly

“...kid-friendly Figaro...singable and child-appropriate...” – Maclean’s Magazine

This CD is such a brilliant idea, and so exquisitely executed, it's a wonder that it hasn't been done before. What better way to open a door to the world of opera for your kids ...” – Dallas Morning News

« « « « « “...anything that tries to break down some of the barriers to enjoying opera and does as good a job as this gets the full Five Stars." Rick Phillips, CBC Radio Sound Advice

“Opera made accessible to listeners of all ages.” The Edmonton Journal

“Opera has rarely been so accessible.” – La Scèna Musicale

“...will grab the attention of kids ...Jean Stilwell is striking ...Daniel Lichti and Suzie Leblanc sound delightful and Aline Kutan demonstrates that she has the perfect voice for the Queen of the Night” Opera Canada

“I 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.” – Robert Sunter, former Head of CBC Radio Music

“...this CD is a must-have.” – Erich Parker APR/Parents’ Choice Foundation

“...a CD that is likely to make the opera cognoscenti cheer!  Even children who claim to loathe classical music in all its forms will find themselves hoisting their plastic swords and leaping around off the sofas in capes when they listen to this CD...” Avril Benoit, CBC Radio - Here & Now

“...much-loved gems such as ‘La donna e mobile’ from Rigoletto or ‘Donde lieta usci’ from Madama Butterfly -- in English!...winning offerings from tenor Michael Schade (‘La donna,’ etc.), counter-tenor Daniel Taylor (‘Ombra mai lu’ (sic) from Xerxes) and young Quebec soprano Lambroula Maria Pappas (‘Caro nome’ from Rigoletto). Others to listen for amid mostly familiar mini-songs include sopranos Natalie Choquette and Laura Whalen...accessible and useful for demystifying opera...Toronto Star

“I whole-heartedly endorse (the CD) in helping to bring opera to a wider audience...this is one CD I cannot recommend enough.” Classical Singer

"What sets this CD apart from many other compilations is the first class quality of both the orchestra and the individual singers…this CD gives the listener the best possible chance to enjoy the arias…anyone wanting to start on opera or trying to encourage a child to listen will find this CD a very useful tool indeed.” – Bachtrack

"A 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)

" 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 Kids producer

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