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T+L Reports: Opera à Deux

French composer, organist, and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote a classic near the end of his very long life, Les Boréades. French author, journalist, and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote a classic near the end of his very short life, The Little Prince. The former is already an opera, and the latter is being turned into one; it receives its world premiere at the Houston Grand Opera on May 31 (800/626-7372; through June 22). Rachel Portman, known for her scores to The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, has composed the music for the tale about the enigmatic boy and his interplanetary travels. Just as the Little Prince's origins are shrouded in mystery, so is that of Abaris, the protagonist in Rameau's tragédie lyrique. But Les Arts Florissants promises revelations aplenty when it brings its Paris National Opera production to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (718/636-4100; June 9-15).
—Robert Hilferty

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