7 new and original children's operas by composer Edward Barnes that explore meaningful themes through bright and entertaining stories.

operas for children

7 new and original children’s operas by award-winning composer Edward Barnes


Welcome to Operas for Children, featuring 7 original operas by award-winning composer Edward Barnes, created especially for young and family audiences.

Called “hip-hop cool” by the Los Angeles Times and “engaging and emotionally forceful” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the operas have been performed around the world by companies such as L.A. Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis, Opera Company of the Philippines, and Muse Opera South Korea. Blending traditional grand opera with contemporary American pop, rock and Broadway styles, the operas explore meaningful themes through bright and entertaining stories.

These 7 operas have proven delightful to thousands of children and audiences of all ages for many years. The operas work especially well as part of live performance outreach and educational programs, and are frequently produced by university and college vocal programs.

Award-winning Edward Barnes, composer of 7 operas for children, has had work performed on and off-Broadway, in concert halls, opera houses and theaters around the world.

“Extraordinarily talented in the realm of dramatic musical ideas, Barnes knows how to transmute poetry and music into a work of art.”



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