Nikolaus Schapfl is a German-born pianist and composer. Since graduating with honours from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in 1996, he has toured the world (USA, Europe, China, etc.). In 1998, he composed an opera based on the German edition of The Little Prince. The opera has since been staged over 25 times in 8 different cities, most notably on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Little Prince. Now Nikolaus Schapfl has adapted the libretto into French.
On 29 June 2009, at the Rencontres Internationales de Saint-Exupéry event, Nikolaus Schapfl played an extract from this new version, accompanied by soprano Eléonore Lemaire. The piece was taken from scene 5: The rose and the Little Prince.