The Little Prince (2003)
Libretto by Nicholas Wright, after the original book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"A delicate combination of humor and poignancy… an enchanting opera that is both faithful to the book and satisfying to child and adult alike"--The Financial Times
For its annual family-friendly opera over the winter holidays, WNO brings all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic illustrated storybook. On his tiny home planet, a young boy spends his days protecting his only friend, a rose, from miniature volcanoes and ravenous baobab trees. When loneliness sets in, he begins a mystical quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. During his journey, he encounters several other intergalactic inhabitants--among them a delusional king, a rich businessman, a dancing kazoo player, and a wearied lamplighter--before meeting a pilot on Earth who has crash-landed in the Sahara. The two become unlikely friends, learning lessons from the desert's many creatures until the prince realizes just how special his rose really is.
Featuring a beautiful, tuneful score by prolific film composer Rachel Portman--an Academy Award winner for Emma and nominee for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat--this opera "full of warmth, wisdom, and generous lyric beauty" (The Boston Herald) showcases current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside other emerging stars and the WNO Children's Chorus. Originally staged by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello in 2003 and recorded for the BBC the following year, The Little Prince finally comes to Washington.
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Approximate Performance Timing: Act I - 51 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act !! - 37 min.
The Little Prince: Henry Wager (Dec. 19, 20m, 21m) / Andrew Pulver* (Dec. 20e, 21e)
The Pilot: Christian Bowers ‡ (Dec. 19, 20m, 21m) / Chris Carr* (Dec. 20e, 21e)
The Snake/The Vain Man/Baobab/Hunter: John Kapusta*
The Fox/A Rose: Aleksandra Romano ‡
The Water/A Rose: Jacqueline Echols ‡
The Rose/A Rose: Lisa Williamson
The Lamplighter/Drunkard/Baobab/Hunter: Patrick O'Halloran ‡
The King/Baobab/Hunter: Wei Wu ‡
The Businessman/Baobab/Hunter: John E. Orduña
Conductor: Nicole Paiement*
Director: Francesca Zambello
Original Set and Costume Designer: Maria Björnson*
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Associate Costume Designer: Sue Willmington*
Hair and Makeup Designer: Anne Ford-Coates
Assistant Director and Choreographer: Eric Sean Fogel
Children's Chorus Master: Will Breytspraak
‡ Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
Watch and Listen
Francesca Zambello discusses The Little Prince
Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
General Dynamics is the proud sponsor of WNO's 2014-2015 Season.
WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of
Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
Additional funding for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
is provided by Judy and Billy Cox.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Additional support for ,The Little Prince is made possible by Clark Charitable Foundation;
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation;
and the U.S. Department of Education.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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