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The Little Prince
by Rachel Portman
Librettist Nicholas Wright
Language English
Premiere 31 May 2003 (2003-05-31): Houston Grand Opera

The Little Prince, subtitled A Magical Opera, is an opera in two acts by Rachel Portman to an English libretto by Nicholas Wright, based on the 1943 book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first performed in at the Houston Grand Opera on 31 May 2003.


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 31 May 2003
(Conductor: Patrick Summers)
The Little Prince boy soprano Nathaniel Irvin
The Pilot baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes
The Fox mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand
The Rose soprano Kristin Reiersen
The Water soprano Laquita Mitchell
The Snake/Vain Man tenor Robert Mack
Lamplighter/Drunkard tenor Scott Scully
Businessman baritone Aaron Judisch
Geographer baritone Ethan Watermeier
The King bass Joshua Winograde
Children's choir (Stars and Birds)
Director Francesca Zambello
Costume and production design Maria Björnson

The opera requires 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 1 oboe (doubling English horn), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 1 bassoon (doubling contrabassoon), 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 2 percussionists, celesta, harp, string section. A performance lasts for about 1 hour 35 minutes.


Following the television broadcast, BBC in conjunction with Sony Classical released a double-CD and DVD of the complete production of The Little Prince in November 2004. Upon release, the CD set entered the classical charts.; the publication includes the 74-page libretto, containing photographs from the opera and illustrations from the original book. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

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