The Little Prince

Portman

Wednesday
Feb 19, 2025 7:30pm

Friday
Feb 21, 2025 7:30pm

Sunday
Feb 23, 2025 2:30pm

Tuesday
Feb 25, 2025 7:30pm

Venue Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton

Duration 1 hrs, 45 mins (Including 20 min intermission)

Imagination, friendship, and the pursuit of what truly matters, in a fantastical and poignant narrative.

Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince opera brings Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved worldwide literary classic to life with enchanting melodies and heartfelt storytelling. Set against the backdrop of a whimsical yet emotional adventure, Portman’s music weaves a captivating tapestry of emotions, mirroring the wonder and innocence of the original story.

The opera follows the journey of a young prince who travels from planet to planet, encountering a host of eccentric characters and learning valuable lessons about love, friendship, and the complexities of adulthood. Portman’s score captures the essence of each encounter, from the melodic whimsy of the prince’s encounters with the fox and the rose to the stirring crescendos that accompany his moments of introspection and revelation.

Through Portman’s masterful composition, the opera delves into themes of imagination, loneliness, and the universal quest for meaning. The Little Prince‘s exploration of the human condition resonates deeply with audiences of all ages, inviting them to reflect on their own lives and relationships.

With its lush orchestrations and poignant lyricism, The Little Prince opera is a testament to the enduring power of Saint-Exupéry’s timeless tale. Portman’s ability to evoke emotion through music elevates the story to new heights, leaving audiences spellbound from beginning to end. The Little Prince is a heartfelt celebration of innocence, imagination, and the enduring power of love.


The Little Prince sparkles with all the joy, wonder, and humanity that many of us will remember from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original text. Rachel Portman’s 2004 opera will will welcome back Emma Parkinson, Ben Butterfield, and Melody Courage as it transports you from the desert sand of Africa to asteroid B-612. We will learn to draw sheep, experience the love of roses, and explore our world through the eyes of the prince, reminded and humbled by the fact that “no grown-up will ever understand.”

Brenna Corner, Artistic Director

This gem of a show features an exciting partnership, with Principal Conductor and Chorus Master, Giuseppe Pietraoria leading the Victoria Symphony and Artistic Director Brenna Corner making her Pacific Opera directorial debut!


Cast and Creative Team are subject to change.


More of  The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has inspired numerous adaptations across various media, captivating audiences around the world with its timeless story. From animated films and television series to stage plays and ballets, the little prince’s journey has been reimagined in countless ways, such as films, musicals, and so much more. Here are a few of the well known, as well as the stranger and more obscure adaptations of The Little Prince in other media: 

  •  The Little Prince, directed by Stanley Donen debuted to mixed reviews.  The film was unsuccessful at the box office, but has become somewhat of a cult classic, featuring Bob Fosse, who choreographed his own dance sequences as The Snake, and Gene Wilder who played The Fox.
  •  The Adventures of the Little Prince, a Japanese animated series based on the book, aired in Europe and North America in the 1970s and 1980s. The show was made by the Knack animation studio and first aired in Japan in 1978 under the title Hoshi no Ōjisama Puchi Puransu (星の王子さま プチ・プランスPrince of the Stars: Petit Prince).
  • The Little Prince was released in 2015 as an animated film. The film is directed by Mark Osborne with its script written by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti. The film stars James FrancoRachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges.
  • French artist Joann Sfar drew a graphic novel adaptation of The Little Prince that was released in 2008 by Éditions Gallimard in France.
  •  A musical theatre adaptation entitled The Little Prince and the Aviator, co-produced by lawyer A. Joseph Tandet who held the rights to The Little Prince, with music composed by John Barry and directed by Jerry Adler.
  • Singer–pianist Regina Spektor has a song entitled “Baobabs”, which refers to The Little Prince and the effect it has on its readers. The song entitled “Baobabs” was included in their special edition vinyl album, Begin to Hope, released in June 2006.
  • Actor James Dean‘s fondness for the work extended to his memorizing most of its passages. The nickname of his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, “The Little Bastard”, is a play on words of his favorite book. A stylized sculpture in memorial to Dean was built in Cholame, California during the late 1970s. It carries a plaque quoting the Little Prince that reads: “What is essential is invisible to the eye”, a phrase which Dean reportedly quoted often.
  • A tabletop game, The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet, designed by Antoine Bauza (author of famous board game 7 Wonders) and Bruno Cathala, is a competitive game whose players collect sets of themed pieces to build their own planet and then score it according to the numbers of sheep, roses, lamp posts, etc. their characters managed to collect.

Season
2024 | 2025

Sung In
English

Tickets
Subscription Packages on Sale Now, Single Tickets On Sale August 6th

Venue
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton

Seat Map

Opera Length

Estimated Run Time: 1 hrs, 45 mins (Including 20 min intermission)

Pre-performance talk: 1 hour before each performance

Act 1 56 mins

Intermission 20 mins

Act 2 44 Mins

Artists

Cast

Little Prince
TBA

Pilot
Andrew Love

Snake/Vain Man (baobab, hunter)
TBA

Fox (rose 3, star)
TBA

Water (rose 1, star)
Andrea Nunez

Rose (rose 2, star)
Melody Courage

Lamplighter/Drunkard (baobab, hunter)
Benjamin Butterfield

Businessman (baobab, hunter)
Marcus Nance

King (beobab, hunter)
Giles Tomkins

Stars & Birds
Children's Chorus

Creative Team

Stage Director
Brenna Corner

Set Designer
Camellia Koo

Set Designer
TBA

Costume Designer
TBA

Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald

Assistant Stage Manager
TBA

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