The last time we were at the Opera, we were in 5th Grade, so it's been a long while! We're so excited to see "The Little Prince" found in the THE BLOCKS! If you haven't heard about THE BLOCKS you need to jump on their events page! The Blocks is a combined effort from the City and County to promote the abundance of arts and culture in Salt Lake City. Hence the reason The Salt Project was able to see The Opera! THE BLOCKS website has an interactive map, to find all the different Art Venues, Galleries, Museums, Restaurants, and Murals in Downtown Salt Lake City. The Blocks' goal is to "heighten the captivating and inclusive atmosphere found in our cultural district while working closely with Salt Lake City's creative community to activate and reimagine underutilized public spaces and venues."
This is a first on The Salt Project as we've never seen an opera with the whole family! And they just lowered the recommended age from 8 to 5 years old! Also, the tickets are so affordable! They have family passes for $30 (4 tickets, $5 each additional), student tickets are $15, and regular tickets are $29-$108. More info here.
Photos by Dana Sohm/Utah Opera
And we just have to say, it was INCREDIBLE! If you have never been to the Opera, or your kids have never been, or you love the Opera and haven't been for a while, GO SEE THIS SHOW! It was so captivating!
The set was so beautifully done. It was like stepping into a storybook.
And the music and singing were so beautiful. Even my kids that have never been the Opera said how much they LOVE the singing. We are officially hooked! Thank you THE BLOCKS and Utah Opera for sharing this beautiful venue with our community.
Since we didn't know much about "The Little Prince," we did a little research before we went. "The Little Prince" was first published in April 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery as a novella and has been translated into 300 languages! It is one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published!
It was exciting to read the plot and see the beautiful costume renderings. If you just skipped over that link, go back and click it. The illustrations are breathtaking and I was so surprised to see how they pulled them off for the productions. Their costume team is incredible!
The narrator throughout "The Little Prince" is The Pilot (based on the author) who is recounting his experience meeting the Prince six years earlier. The Little Prince and the Pilot are stranded together in the Saraha Desert. While The Pilot tries to fix his plane, The Little Prince tells him all about his travels and life so far. The Prince recounts his love for The Rose, how he met a king with no subjects, a narcissist, a drunkard, and a few other crazy characters.
We can't give away too many details because don't want to spoil the show by telling too much! But we will say, our favorites were the hunters, the fox, and the lamplighter.
We lucked out an got a backstage tour before the show (which opens today btw). I loved all the productions painted on the walls with the signatures of the cast. There must have been 100! Every wall was covered floor to ceiling.
We also caught a few seconds of the children practicing. I'm still in awe of their beautiful voices. And they are so young, most around the age of 11. So impressive!
Next time you are planning a trip to Salt Lake, be sure to check out THE BLOCKS event page for more ideas! #foundintheblocks #theblocksslc
- Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.
- DISCOUNT CODE: LITTLEPRINCE20