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The Little Prince Adapted for Opera by Rachel Portman


The New York City Opera is staging Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's wonderful childhood novel, The Little Prince at the New York Theatre, 20 Lincoln Center for eight performances only November 12th-Nov 20th. This is one of my favorite all-time children's stories adapted by Rachel Portman, (The Cider House Rules, Emma.) It is sure to please.  Learn more about the talent behind this event.


October 24, 2005

Antoine St-Exupéry

In a bizarre instance of life immitating art, in 1943 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was lost on a reconaissance mission over the Mediterranean the year after his classic novel was published - which is itself a story about a plane crash - and a downed pilot in the Sahara who is visited by a little Prince from outerspace. The fable shows how a child sees the important things in life much more clearly than many adults do.

As evidence of his esteem in France, it is interesting to note that before the Euro, Saint-Exupéry likeness along with that of the little prince and his pet lamb and the famous drawing of the elephant in the boa-constrictor, were all on the French 50 Franc note.

Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman composed her first piece at the piano when she was 13. Formally educated At Oxford University in composition, orchestration and classical music, she was the first woman to win an Academy Award for her film score to Emma in 1996 and the first woman to gain recognition on the other side of the Atlantic from BAFTA for her BBC TV and feature film scores as well.

Further Links and Resources

New York City Opera Tickets

Film Tracks Website: more details on RP

Rachel Portman's Film Soundtracks




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