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“The Little Prince,” a Holiday Family Opera

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry penned Le Petit Prince while living in the United States during World War II. A beloved “children’s book” filled with philosophical insights, this classic of world literature has inspired all sorts of adaptations. Among these is the Academy Award-winning film composer Rachel Portman’s first venture into opera, which features a children’s chorus and an English libretto by the British dramatist Nicholas Wright.

This December, the Washington National Opera revives Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed production, with colorful sets and costumes by the Tony Award-winning theater designer Maria Björnson. Suitable even for young children, this version of The Little Prince would make a great choice for a special family outing this holiday season.