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Night at the Opera: The Little Prince

Date and time
Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Boston Lyric Opera presents an inside look into the lavish, award-winning costumes from their production of The Little Prince, the East Coast premiere of Rachel Portman's charming new opera, based on the beloved book by Saint-Exupèry. Members of Boston Lyric Opera's professional costume staff discuss the behind-the-scenes work that went into the production, and demonstrate a few of the more involved costume pieces. This presentation is followed by a musical performance of excerpts from the opera featuring the Pilot and the Little Prince, including the opening duet "Please draw me a sheep." In the North African desert, a downed pilot meets the Little Prince, who leads him right to the heart of things. Based on the beloved and popular classic, this intimate fairy-tale reaches children and grown-ups alike with its exploration of love and lost innocence.

Christopher Hutton is a baritone with the Boston Lyric Opera. He recently performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Lyric Opera Theater at Arizona State University, and Marullo in Verdis Rigoletto with the Arizona Opera.
Timothy Long, of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw Native American descent, grew up playing many instruments in his native Oklahoma. He studied piano and violin at Oklahoma City University and completed graduate studies in piano performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. He is a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Long is in his first season on the New York City Opera conducting staff and will be conducting Britten's *The Turn of the Screw *at the Stony Brook Opera. He will also be making his mainstage conducting debuts at Boston Lyric Opera in Rachel Portman's *The Little Prince* and at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis conducting performances of Rigoletto and Gounod's* Romeo and Juliette*. Mr. Long served as assistant conductor to Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Philharmonic for three years and has conducted three tours for Boston Lyric Opera-Opera New England as well as performances at The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a performance broadcast on WNYC.