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Take your kid to the opera (for free)

The Metropolitan Opera's children's adaptation of  "The Magic Flute" by Mozart will be on the Memorial Hall screen Sunday afternoon, in a free program, thanks to local Cultural Council grants. Submitted photo.

The Metropolitan Opera's children's adaptation of "The Magic Flute" by Mozart will be on the Memorial Hall screen Sunday afternoon, in a free program, thanks to local Cultural Council grants. Submitted photo.

SHELBURNE FALLS — Think children don’t like opera? Find out if that’s true by taking your child to the Metropolitan Opera’s special production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” — free of charge — this Sunday in Memorial Hall.

The 129-year-old Metropolitan Opera of New York is the largest classical music organization in North America and its productions feature some of the most renowned opera performers in the world.

The 2011 performance to be shown Sunday, at 2 p.m., on the Memorial Hall screen is a special adaptation of the opera for children.

According to Jessica Murrow of the Memorial Hall Association, this production is performed in English and lasts about 90 minutes. Besides viewing the opera on-screen, those attending will also be able to hear what it takes to perform in an opera by tenor James Anderson of Brattleboro, Vt.

Anderson has performed in concert halls throughout Europe, including Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, the United States, South America and Africa, according to the New England Youth Theatre website.

He also teaches “Singing for Actors,” was an assistant director for “Night at the Opera,” and is one of the summer Broadway Musical Camp directors at NEYT.

“I’m hoping Jim will sing in his normal voice and then in his operatic voice, to demonstrate what it entails to sing opera,” Murrow remarked.

Murrow brought the Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition simulcasts to Memorial Hall and said, “My goal has always been to get more young people interested in classical music.”

This performance is admission-free, thanks to the following Local Cultural Councils: Gill, Leyden, Montague, Buckland, Conway, Colrain and Shelburne, which receive their funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and by Memorial Hall Association’s Board of Directors.

Arrive early for seating

There are no tickets, and no standing-room admissions. Come early to ensure being seated. Memorial Hall doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Adults coming to this performance are requested to bring children with them.

This is the second year that a children’s opera has been offered free at Memorial Hall. Last year’s performance was “Hansel and Gretel.”

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at: dbroncaccio@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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