The Little Prince - A Magical Opera by Rachel Portman

The Little Prince - A Magical Opera by Rachel Portman

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Posted 2023-09-28 by Peter Hancockfollow

Fri 24 Nov 2023 - Sat 25 Nov 2023

Operatic interpretation of the Little Prince comes to Perth

The Little Prince is an operatic interpretation of the popular children's book Le Petit Prince


The iconic novella, Le Petit Prince takes on a new life as the West Australian-produced opera The Little Prince.

The enchanting story presented by Freeze Frame Opera and WA Young Voices (WAYV) will be performed at the Octagon Theatre at the University of Western Australia on November 24 and 25.

The role of the little prince is shared by 11-year-olds Liam Fitzpatrick and Camille Alonso


Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry which has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, written as a children’s book but finding mass appeal among older readers, tells the story of a little prince who visits other worlds.

The magical tale of adventure reflects on the human condition and explores universal themes such as the beauty of simplicity, the search for meaning in life, the value of human connections, and the importance of imagination.

Baritone opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes has performed on international stages


The WA cast includes Teddy Tahu Rhodes, a New Zealand operatic baritone who has had an international career on the operatic stage and concert platform; Rachelle Durkin, an Australian soprano who recently repatriated from New York to her WA home; and soprano Sara Macliver who teaches at UWA’s Conservatorium of Music and is one of Australia’s leading performers of baroque; together with a cast of talented local singers.

The Little Prince will be played by 11-year-olds Liam Fitzpatrick and Camille Alonso, who will alternate performances.

The opera follows the life of a pilot (Teddy) as he reflects on his life and how he meets the little prince (Liam, Camille) after crashing his plane, and together endure eight days in the desert with little water.

Soprano Sara Macliver is one of Australia's leading performers of baroque


Cranes are used to fly the prince to different planets where he discovers the true nature of things.

The work, composed by Rachel Portman is a challenging one for the performers, but a beautiful opera for the audience to hear.

The music is uplifting and there are beautiful scenes of tenderness, yearning and reflection.

Australian Soprano Rachelle Durkin has recently moved home to Perth from New York


The young chorus of WAYV voices plays stars, lamplighters, cranes and other significant characters, giving the opera a mixture of innocence and joy.

The Little Prince was made possible by a $100,000 grant from collective giving group, Arts Impact WA which in May also granted $100,000 to an art project called Revivification.

Donors to Arts Impact WA give a minimum of $1,000 a year which goes towards funding several $100,000 grants awarded by a panel of art experts each year.

Tickets for the shows are available here.

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