The Opera of Lille (France) is offering its audience of all ages, a year-end show full of of magic and poetry. « The Little Prince » , the philosophical tale of Antoine de Saint Exupéry is revisited by the contemporary composer Michaël Levinas . « I wrote for children and adults of all cultures, an opera , a song for the text and the message of » The Little Prince » . This extraordinary child from elsewhere , a diaphanous and enigmatic boy St. -Exupéry met in the desert. » Michaël Levinas explains . The musical direction of the opera is signed by Arie van Beek who heads the Orchestre de Picardie . Lilo Baur , who works for theater and opera, is in charge of the staging .
An original watercolour illustration from the Little Prince is auctioned in Paris this week.
The signed sketch, which appeared on page 17 of the original 1943 version of the story, is expected to fetch between 400,000 and 500,000 euros ($500,000-600,000), according to auction house Artcurial.
The illustration shows the Turkish astronomer who discovered Asteroid B612, the Little Prince’s planet, pointing at a blackboard of equations and mathematical diagrams.
By far Saint-Exupéry’s most famous work, « The Little Prince » has been translated into more than 270 languages and has touched countless readers around the world.
Artcurial said it is the most widely read book in the world after the Bible.
The book is a series of parables in which a boy prince recounts his adventures among the stars to a downed pilot on Earth. It was published in English and French in New York in 1943.
Himself a pilot, Saint-Exupéry died mysteriously at the age of 44 while on a reconnaissance mission during World War II in 1944. He did not live to see the book’s publication in France following the end of the war in 1946.
The watercolour sketch, measuring 21.3 by 23.9 centimetres, is to go under the hammer on December 9.