The Little Prince

So it’s called The Little Prince, sue me. Did you ever read that book and hear a dulcet inner voice telling you that whoever wrote the charmed volume had sprinkled his share of fairy dust?

The bad news is that the author, Count Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupéry, married a Salvadoran woman, Consuelo Suncin Sandoval Zeceña de Gómez and cheated on her many times over.

The good news is, you aren’t the only one to imagine that he cheated with a randy homo. The Italian writer Barbara Alberti wrote a novel “Il Principe Volante” (The Flying Prince) in which she imagines Saint-Exupéry to be in love with a male school companion, only named as X. The book caused a mini-scandal in Europe, where it was discussed in every gay café from Ibiza to Stockholm.

We won’t even mention that as a youth, Saint-Exupéry attended a Catholic boarding school run by the Marianist Fathers in Fribourg. But we will tell you that in November at the New York City Opera, you can see an operatic adaptation of The Little Prince. The music is by Rachel Portman, who won an Oscar for her score to Emma. The City Opera page devoted to the piece includes an intriguing trailer of the upcoming production.

Queerty tip: If you want to see some of Gotham’s most fabulous gays decked out in their Dolce & Gabbana finest, go opening night, November 12.

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