El Oro del Rin | How to teach children to see the opera?

A few weeks ago I published the article “Raymonda”, in which I kept an interesting conversation with my 8-year-old daughter about the production of ballet, she question the way in which the narrator was presented, that is, the way in which the story of ballet was explained to children in the Pequeño Municipal, praising the staging and the outfits.

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On this occasion, in front of the opera “El Oro del Rin“, the conversation turned in an unexpected way, especially because the only “additional” intervention that was made was at the beginning of the show when it was explained that this opera is just the first part of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy, “The Ring of the Nibelung”, and which will be the permanent title of the children’s season for the next 3 years, to be able to see it complete, could there be a better way to summon children to the Opera? That they know the importance of permanence as spectators and that they even ask to attend again?

We should feel, see and live the theater again as if we were children. With the innocence and questions of age, assuming that what seems to be wrong, simply, always is; as well as what seems to be good, always will be. Stealing gold from the river, for example, will always be bad, as well as rewarding a woman (Freia, in this case) in exchange for the construction of a castle, or even seize the gold accumulated by the nibelung.

In Lucía’s words:

What did you like the most?

This time I didn’t like the staging, it was good, but the outfit was much better. Specially Freia’s.

What did you like the least?

When the ring is stolen…

Didn’t you like that it was stolen or the way in which happened?

I didn’t like the whole idea about stealing it.

And what about the length of the opera?

It was good to me. In fact I really enojyed it and I want to see the next part.

Would you recommend it to a friend?

Yes, I would.

The show, which is presented together with the Orquesta del Pequeño Municipal and the director Pedro Pablo Prudencio, generates excitement in children, from the beginning to the end and without a doubt it leaves them wanting to see what will happen with the giant that stole the ring (actually, in our case, Lucia just thought we were in an intermission and then continue to see the other 3 parts). Adults, on the other hand, invite them to be aware of the billboard of the Municipal of Santiago, to see when they will present “The Ring of the Nibelung”, again, since the complete function -which is also complex to assemble- only It was presented once more than 20 years ago.

For more information about “El Oro del Rin” click here.

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