Musik & Theater

Video in the MuTh

Thu, 26. March 2020

Die Reise des kleinen Prinzen (The Little Prince’s Travels)

An opera for children in four acts, by Gerald Wirth after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A light aircraft comes down in the desert. But it’s not serious. The pilot is unhurt, and he is able to repair the damage. It’s a bit boring though …and so his thoughts drift back to his childhood.
As a child, he loved to paint. Once, in a book about giant snakes, he read that boa constrictors – which are very large snakes that can grow up to ten metres long – swallow their prey whole, and actually dislocate their jaws to enable them to do so. Elephants can grow up to six metres long and three metres high, which is a little smaller than a giant boa. The narrator had imagined what would happen if a giant boa ate an elephant. And then he drew it. His picture was a masterpiece. He showed it to the grown-ups. By rights, they should all have been afraid. But instead, they thought he had drawn a hat!
All at once the little Prince was standing next to the pilot. He asked the pilot to draw a sheep. This was a very unusual request. The pilot tried; but he couldn’t manage to draw a sheep properly . After all, sheep are not easy to draw. Then he had an idea. He would draw a box, with the little sheep inside. The Prince was highly delighted. He wanted to take the little creature with him, back to his home planet.

This is a live recording of a production staged at MuTh.

An opera for children by Gerald Wirth, after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Libretto: Kirk Miles
Music: Gerald Wirth
A production by MuTh, the Vienna Boys’ Choir’s Concert Hall, 2018/19 season
Musical Director: Manolo Cagnin
Director: Philipp M. Krenn
Sets and costumes: Christian Tabakoff
Video: Bernd Kranebitter
Narrator: Michael Schade
The Little Prince: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Nathan / David
Astronomer: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Philipp / Timo
Rose: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Aloisa / Mae
Conceited man: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Bastian / Ryusei
King: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Simon
Businessman: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Philipp / Matthew
Lamplighter: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Lars / Sebastian
Geographer: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Mattheus / Maris
Fox: Soloist from the Vienna Boys’ Choir – Johanna / Mae
Vienna Boys’ Choir (Kapellmeister: Manolo Cagnin)
Vienna Boys’ Choir Primary School production (Kapellmeister: Alexander Jost)
The Vienna Boys’ Choir Girls’ Chorus (Conductor: Stefan Foidl)
Alexandra, Alyssa, Désirée, Elisabeth, Emilia, Nicole, Stephanie
Members of Chorus Juventus (Conductor: Michael Grohotolsky)
Schubert-Akademie (Co-ordinator: Matthias Eckart)