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Yes, Britain’s Got Talent: This Girl Has Composed Her Own Opera Called ‘The Sweeper Of Dreams’ And B
October 24, 2012
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Ask pretty much anyone who's a parent and they'll tell you - it changes your life. There are so many wonderful firsts, especially when they're young.

Their first smile. The first time they sleep through the night. Their first steps, first words, first day at school.

And of course, their first opera.

And we don't mean the first one they attend. We mean the first one they compose.

What's that? Your little one isn't composing operas. Uh-oh, better get on that. They're falling behind!

Okay, not really.

But have a look at 7-year-old Alma Deutscher, who lives in the Surrey countryside in England. Safe to say, she has remarkable talent.

Even British comedian and writer Stephen Fry tweeted about her saying "Simply mind-blowing: Alma Deutscher playing her own compositions. A new Mozart?"

Well, who knows?

But Alma has composed her own opera called 'The Sweeper of Dreams'. And she composed it last year when she was 6.

Here she is at 6 on the piano, playing Sonata in E-Flat major.

Oh, and along with the piano, she plays the violin.

Oh, and her next project is a concerto for the cello.

You can see more of Alma's performances at her Youtube channel. Plus, the BBC has a story about her, which you can watch here.

video-of-the-day-yes-britains-got-talent-this-girl-has-composed-her-own-opera-called-the-sweeper-of-dreams-and-by-the-way-shes-seven-feature2.jpg Just for a little perspective, Mozart was composing around 4 or 5 years old.

At the age of 7, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy. And he'd never had a violin lesson.

But after that, what did he really do :)

Of course, there are plenty of children who show incredible talent at a young age but don't necessarily end up a "genius" as an adult.

Jake Wallis Simons is a features writer for the British paper 'The Telegraph'. He's also a novelist, and a broadcaster for BBC Radio 4.

He has a thought provoking piece, entitled 'Leave Gifted Children Alone.'

In the piece he writes "I can imagine few more complicated experiences for a child than being publicly labeled a child prodigy in the early years."

You can read it here.

Oh, and we mentioned Stephen Fry. Here's a clip from when he was in the red chair, talking about being scared inside and how that's not a bad thing.

You can watch the full interview here, starting around the 8:40 mark.

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