Musical Adaptation of “Le Petit Prince” to be Performed in Hanoi

Experience the classic Le Petit Prince in a new way with this unique performance, which combines literature, music, and paintings inspired by the work of renowned French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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For the first time ever, audiences in Hanoi will be treated to a truly unique and unforgettable musical experience – Le Petit Prince. Taking place on June 23 and 24 at the prestigious Hanoi Opera House, this extraordinary performance promises to captivate and enchant audiences of all ages. Don’t miss your chance to witness this one-of-a-kind musical event in the heart of Hanoi. Secure your tickets now!

 The press conference on Le Petit Prince musical performance took place on June 20 in Hanoi. Photo: French Embassy in Vietnam

The cultural event is a joyous celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam. It also commemorates the 80th anniversary of the publication of the renowned book “The Petit Prince” by the beloved French author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Against the enchanting melodies performed by artists from the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, actor Hua Thanh Tu will bring to life the timeless tale of the Little Prince. Accompanied by a captivating backdrop of 200 illustrations created by the talented artist Joann Sfar, audiences will be transported into a world filled with wonder and imagination.

According to French Ambassador Nicolas Warnery, the show, composed by French composer Marc-Olivier Dupin, promises to give this legendary work a modern nuance and fresh energy. It fully conveys the spirit of the book’s author, Saint-Exupéry.

“Le Petit Prince” is an exquisitely written and thought-provoking narrative that delves into profound themes like love, mortality, and purpose,” he remarked.

Composer Marc-Olivier Dupin expressed his excitement to showcase his work to both local and international audiences in the vibrant city of Hanoi.

“The musical play is a remarkable fusion of three fundamental art forms: music, dialogue, and painting. The visuals displayed on the large screen are not stagnant like a slide show or overly vibrant like movies. Instead, they harmoniously blend both styles,” he enthusiastically announced at the press conference in Hanoi on June 20.

An illustration of Le Petit Prince musicial performance by French artist artist Joann Sfar

In the first segment of the program, the highly skilled Vietnamese artist Bui Cong Duy will enchant the audience with his performance of the traditional folk song “Se chi luon kim,” also known as “Threading a Needle.” Conductor Tetsuji Honna will expertly guide the performance, bringing out the true essence of the piece. Adding a modern twist to the famous Vietnamese folksong, composer Tran Manh Hung’s remix will surely captivate listeners and transport them to the heart of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage.

The program showcases two magnificent pieces by renowned French composers. One of these is the “Introduction et Rondo capriccioso” in A minor, op. 28, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns. The other is an excerpt called “Contemplation” from Jules Massenet’s famous opera Thaïs. Both of these works display exceptional musical craftsmanship and captivate audiences with their beauty and artistry.

The program features an exciting highlight: a 55-minute musical performance called Le Petit Prince. This captivating show will take place in the second half of the program, providing an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

The story of The Little Prince is a captivating tale that takes readers on an enchanting journey alongside a young prince who visits different planets, including our very own Earth. Through its pages, readers are taken on a thought-provoking exploration of universal themes, such as loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.

What sets The Little Prince apart is its ability to resonate with readers of all ages, even though its style may seem tailored towards children. In actuality, this timeless masterpiece offers profound insights about life, adulthood, and the complexities of human nature.

Rather than simply telling a story, The Little Prince offers thought-provoking observations and reflections that encourage readers to contemplate the deeper meaning and purpose of their own lives. It reminds us that beneath the surface of our daily routines, there is a world of wonder and awe waiting to be experienced.

In a world that is often fast-paced and focused on material pursuits, The Little Prince serves as a gentle reminder to pause, reflect, and appreciate the simple joys and connections that life has to offer. It speaks to the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships and cherishing the beauty of the present moment.

Overall, The Little Prince is a literary gem that continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers around the world. Its timeless message serves as a poignant reminder of the magic and wonder that can be found in the simplest of things, and the preciousness of the relationships that shape our lives.

The Little Prince, written by Saint-Exupéry, has become his most widely acclaimed and successful work, captivating readers around the world. With an astounding estimated 140 million copies sold, it has firmly established itself as one of the best-selling books in history. The book’s global popularity is further demonstrated by its translation into an impressive 542 different languages and dialects, positioning it as the second most translated work ever published, surpassed only by the Bible.

The story has been transformed and reimagined in various art forms and media, spanning from audio recordings and radio dramas to live stage performances, films, television adaptations, ballets, and operas.

The poster of the musical performance