Max has always loved music, and singing along to music. We would play him classical music, his favorite Jack Johnson cd from the Curious George movie, and whatever else we felt like listening to. When I was pregnant with him, I could consistently get a kick out of him by playing Queen's We Will Rock You.
There was one rainy Saturday when Max was feeling especially upset while we were out on our errands. I couldn't find anything to make him happy, so hit scan on the radio and turned it up. We figured something would catch his attention and help him calm down. When it stopped on the classical NPR station, he started singing. It was the live performance of The Barber of Seville, by The Metropolitan Opera in NYC. He listened to the entire opera, and sang along through it. That was the beginning.
I contacted Opera Colorado and asked them if there would be any rehearsals we might bring Max to, since I was certain he wouldn't be able to sit through an entire opera quietly. A few emails back and forth later, and we were connected with Cherity with Opera Colorado's Young Artist program. Each year since, she has made sure Max has had access to opera.
He knew all week it was opera this week, and would only listen to opera music. During music therapy yesterday, he wouldn't sing...he was saving his voice for opera!
Before we get to the opera of yesterday, let's go back for a view of opera through the years.