Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, at 7 pm and Sunday, December 3, at 2 pm.
Opera Parallele, the Bay Area's innovative contemporary opera company, is pleased to bring a fresh new addition to the holiday entertainment calendar in the form of a colorful and engaging production of Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, which will be given three performances at the Cowell Theater: Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, at 7 pm and Sunday, December 3, at 2 pm. OP has assembled a signature creative team led by Artistic Director/conductor Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel with illustrations and media design by Matt Kish and David Murakami, respectively, and costumes by Christine Crook. Portman's lushly composed work is based on the popular novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and features a libretto in English by Nicholas Wright. There will be pre-performance, interactive activities for families and children including an invitation to join the cast in the final chorus of the opera.
Academy Award-winning English composer Rachel Portman's magical opera in two acts comes to the Opera Parallele stage with a twist, in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Cowell Theater. Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved story of a charming prince who falls from space into the Sahara desert takes on even more universal appeal and a feminist touch with the principal characters played by women and girls. This original production brims with digital magic, animated illustrations, and a cast of fantastical characters including the Prince and the Pilot, stars and birds, the King, a Businessman, the Rose and others. They interact with each other and the animation as they explore the universe in search of love, meaning and the answers to life's biggest quandaries.