You've heard of classical operas? And rock operas? With Opera Vista's The Silent Prince, now there's a Bollywood opera. The score is a stylish combination of western and Indian sounds, but the choreography is all Bollywood. The Silent Prince tells the story of Temiya Jataka, a Buddha who comes back to earth reincarnated as a prince. When he's faced with the impossible choice of performing horrible crimes or disobeying his father, both of which will shame him, Jataka decides to withdraw into himself and become mute. His silence enrages the king, who attempts to draw the prince back into daily life. When that fails, the king is forced to employ more extreme measures.
The Silent Prince is grand opera in the truest sense; it's both a spectacle (besides the colorful costumes and high-caliber singing and dancing, there's an elephant on stage) and a heart-rendering story (the father and son strive to understand each other in a seemingly lost cause). 8 p.m. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.operavista.org. $31.25 to $81.25.
Fri., Oct. 15, 2010