News Archive - 2004

PBS's Great Performances airs The Little Prince, April 6th

Be sure not to miss Rachel Portman's critically acclaimed new opera based on the adored book by Saint Exupery, with a libretto by Nicholas Wright, directed by Francesca Zambello and with designs by Maria Bjornson. The Little Prince premiered at The Houston Grand Opera in 2003 and was filmed in London in 2004 by the BBC.

"...Portman's opera has the hallmark of an instant...classic...The Little Prince is a significant addition to the small but crucial canon of children's operas. Delightful." — The Independent

"Like opera at its 16th century beginnings, Ms. Portman's work lifts words in the air and carries them along." — The New York Times

"Tousle-haired, always surprised by the next turn in his extensive travels, [Joseph McManners] gave a performance that marked him out as someone to watch.  If his voice comes right when he passes puberty, one can well imagine him as a Tamino of the future." — Opera Magazine

AIRDATES for major cities:

Boston/WGBH: April 6, 9pm, CH 2 and April 8, 8pm, CH 44
Houston/KUHT: April 6, 8pm, CH 8
Los Angeles/KCET: April 6, 9pm, CH 28
NY/WNET: April 6, 9pm, CH 13 and April 10, 1pm, CH 13
Philadelphia/WHYY: April 6, 10pm, CH12
San Francisco/KQED: April 6, 9pm, CH 9

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