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Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Sunday, December 17, 2017

Holidays Washington National Opera

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.

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Sometimes a friend is closer than you think.
The Little Prince 
Music by Rachel Portman / Libretto by Nicholas Wright
In English with Projected English Titles
WNO Revival
All the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! When The Little Prince first visited us in 2014, tickets quickly sold out. So guarantee your seats now for this year's family opera for the holidays, returning in all its glory to the newly renovated Terrace Theater!
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, 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 tuneful score by prolific film composer Rachel Portman--an Academy Award(r) winner for Emma and nominee for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat--The Little Prince also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside the WNO Children's Chorus.

Most enjoyed by age 6 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

"The Little Prince offers a beautiful, melodic score full of tunes, comedy, laughter, and tears. The images from the production make the book come alive."--Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello
James Lowe
Original Set and Costume Designer: 
Maria Björnson
Lighting Designer:                                          
Mark McCullough
Eric Sean Fogel

CAST (subject to change)
The Little Prince: Henry Baratz (Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. only), Holden Browne (all other shows)
The Pilot: Christian Bowers (Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. only), Michael Adams (all other shows)
The Snake/ Vain Man: Arnold Livingston Geis
The Fox: Allegra De Vita
The Water: Raquel González
The Rose: Madison Leonard
The Drunkard/ Lamplighter: Alexander McKissick
The Businessman: Christopher Kenney
The King: Timothy Bruno