In this parable based on the works of Oscar Wilde, a gilded statue of a beautiful Prince suddenly comes to life. The Prince, realizing the destitute state of the home he once ruled, enlists the help of an unassuming Swallow to deliver gifts to those in need. Observing the charity of the Prince and his new feathered friend, the townsfolk newly realize the importance of generosity and empathy. This colorful and heartwarming presentation of the Youth Opera Project is performed by youth ages 7–18.
Music by Laura Karpman; Libretto by Kelley Rourke. Commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival, 2016.