Great Performances: Season 33, Episode 14

The Little Prince (6 Apr. 2005)

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In an opera version of the famous literature classic, during World War I, an airplane pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert, where he has a very unusual near-death experience.

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Teddy Tahu Rhodes ...
Joseph McManners ...
Mairead Carlin ...
Willard White ...
The King (as Sir Willard White)
Lesley Garrett ...
Tom Randle ...
Timothy Robinson ...
The Lamplighter
Richard Coxon ...
The Vain Man
Richard Suart ...
The Businessman
Aled Jones ...
The Drunkard
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers ...
The Water
Mary Hegarty ...
Helen Williams ...
Lise Christensen ...
Robert Burt ...
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In an opera version of the famous literature classic, during World War I, an airplane pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert, where he has a very unusual near-death experience.

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Disappointing
5 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was awful. I feel bad saying it, but it was really an excruciatingly terrible event, so much so that I couldn't even finish watching it. It was a strange idea, making an opera out of "The Little Prince", and I don't know who thought of it, but I wish they hadn't. It's a weird book to begin with and turning it into an opera doesn't improve it at all. I was upset to find that Rachel Portman was the composer. I don't understand how she continues to get so much work because I've always found her compositions to be ordinary and bland. In this case, the music was nothing special, and some chorus parts were awful. The lyrics weren't so great either. "Please draw me a sheep", repeated many times, just doesn't make for a good opera. The Little Prince is such a strange character. I had been fond of Teddy Tahu Rhodes' singing for a while, but in this I found all the singers a little disappointing because I had to listen very, very hard to hear and understand what words he was singing, they were too fast, or poorly-spaced, and unclear. My companion didn't even think they were singing in English at first! Joseph McManners is also a good singer, he was a nice find but it was a shame the rest of the production wasn't so good. I believe this was filmed like a film but as it seemed like it was done on stage, the sets were minimalist. I didn't mind but there were some awful ideas like the strange heads of the children's chorus appearing in space. I would have to describe this as a disappointing disaster.


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