The Comic Opera for Children (OCC) is a public cultural institution in Bucharest, led by soprano Felicia Filip. With over 70 titles of opera, operetta, musical and ballet in its repertoire, OCC has over 450 performances annually, both at home and on tour. Unique in the world by the audience to whom it is addressed, the Comic Opera for Children receives about 10 000 spectators each month in its three halls. In addition, the institution has developed a digital instrument, to inform and entertain its public: the OCC mobile app, available for free on Google Play and App Store.
At the Comic Opera for Children, every detail of the show receives due attention, so that the line between education and play becomes so thin that children learn to love art without getting bored. Exceptional events, galas, opera, ballet, musical and operetta, performed at the highest level, interactive lessons, workshops, festivals, backstage tours, games, gifts – all reach the children’s soul through consistent effort. The most popular arias and dances combine into one-hour event, with colourful costumes and sets, aimed precisely at the theme of the story. Interaction with the show continues after the drop is lowered onto the stage: passing through the foyer is like an entrance into the heart of the story, the show’s brochures help parents be informed about composers, choreographers, set designers etc. The brochures are animated with images of the characters on stage. The puzzles and the DVDs take the story home, and time spent with the family is enriched with new meanings.
In addition to performances scheduled throughout the season, where emphasis is on interactivity, special projects are undertaken to further strengthen the relationship between the audience and the stage. These include „Backstage tours”, „Waiting tickets”, „Friend of OCC” as well as special events such as „Museums’ Night”. There is also „OCC-Magazine for Children”, a useful tool for parents and teachers, which is published quarterly and distributed free.
The headquarters of the institution (16, Calea Giuleşti, 6th District, Bucharest) hosts three stages: the Big Hall, with a capacity of 424 seats, the Mozart Salon, with 120 seats, and the UnderGrant Hall, with 130 seats. The Comic Opera for Children also assumes the role of a debut scene for young people who complete their musical studies, providing them with the right environment to express their creativity, talent and knowledge in performing arts (soloists, instructors, stage designers, directors, choreographers).