The five year old kid I nanny is very picky about what type of music she likes, but also has unusual aptitude (for her age) for understanding music. I want to cultivate this interest. She likes music that is "soft and graceful and has ladies singing." Yesterday, through a new game I invented where we went through my music collection and vetoed/approved songs, I discovered that "soft and graceful" were codes for "high soprano" and "operatic singing."
The Flower Duet
was the song that revealed that it was opera that she was after. And she loved this excerpt from Anna Bolena
I have seen this previous thread
and am taking notes.
So, MeFites: I need recommendations for operas that are heavy on the soprano parts, but would also love if they met these requirements:
- Sung in French (she's bilingual French and English)
- Video recordings, especially if you think the operas are more kid appropriate than not (i.e. not highly sexualized, not a lot of representations of drinking/drunkenness, prostitutes/etc.)
- Video recordings with subtitles in French (twofer, boosting reading comprehension in general and in French)
I'm aware that the Metropolitan Opera has recorded performances in HD, but which ones
should I get her?