Dutch National Opera presents

The New Prince Mohammed Fairouz (1985)

This show was to been seen in March 2017

Buy the last tickets through the website of Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

BLOODCURDLING REVUE ABOUT POWER

Duration 1:40

By Mohammed Fairouz

Language English

Surtitles English & Dutch

Although the title might suggest otherwise, The New Prince is certainly not about a fairytale prince. The ‘prince’ in question refers to the famous book The Prince (1532) by Niccolò Machiavelli, and should rather be interpreted as a ‘ruler’.
 

In short

The New Prince is a colourful revue about power, involving world leaders, Lady Fortuna, a chorus of oppressors and the oppressed, President Wu Virtu from the year 2032, and many others.

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Background

Way ahead of his time

Niccoló Machiavelli’s famous book The Prince (1532) describes the means that can be used by a dictator in strengthening his position. He can even permit himself lies and deceit, providing he ensures that they do not come to light. The politician/diplomat/writer was way ahead of his time.

The relevance of his writing to today inspired composer Mohammed Fairouz to write his second opera. Fairouz is strongly engaged with social and political issues. He works with librettist David Ignatius, a well-known American foreign expert and author of novels.

 

Anniversary edition

The New Prince is set in the past and in the future, and revolves around the publication of an anniversary edition of The Prince. Besides Machiavelli, it features well-known people of our day, including Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Osama bin Laden, as well as a fantasy world ruler Wu Virtu. Machiavelli’s lover is Fortuna, who is also his publisher.

Lotte de Beer

Director

In 2009 (just after graduating from the Amsterdam University of the Arts), Dutch director Lotte de Beer won the Ton Lutz Award for most talented director. In 2015, she won the International Opera Award in the ‘Newcomer’ category.

Steven Sloane

Conductor

Since 1994, the American Steven Sloane (musical director) has been musical director in the city of Bochum, with the Bochumer Symphoniker and with the recently opened concert hall Musikforum Ruhr.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Composer 
Mohammed Fairouz
Libretto 
David Ignatius
Musical director 
Steven Sloane
Stage director 
Lotte de Beer
Co-director and choreography 
Zack Winokur
Sets and costumes 
Clement & Sanôu
Lighting 
Alex Brok
Dramaturgy 
Peter te Nuyl
Orchestra 
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus 
Chorus of Dutch National Opera talent
Rehearsal director 
Ching-Lien Wu
Niccolò Machiavelli 
Joshua Hopkins
Fortuna 
Karin Strobos
President Wu Virtu 
Simon Lim
Henry Kissinger 
Marc Kudisch
Bin Laden/Prince of Revolution 
George Abud
Monica Lewinsky/ Hannah Kamal/ Maria Reynolds 
Nora Fischer
Alexander Hamilton/ Bill Clinton/ Dick Cheney 
Paulo Szot
Eliza Hamilton/ Hillary Clinton 
Barbara Walsh
Prince Saud al-Faisal 
Dominic Kraemer
DNO-talent
Mohammed Morsi 
Agris Hartmanis
DNO-talent
Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 
Alexander de Jong
DNO-talent
CIA Medical assistant 
Rubèn Plantinga
DNO-talent

Creation

As for the world premiere of De Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe (DNO, 2012), the musical director is Steven Sloane and the stage director is Lotte de Beer, assisted by designers’ duo Clement & Sanôu.

Music

The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra was founded over a century ago and is one of the great renowned symphony orchestras of the Netherlands. The orchestra performs at the Zuiderstrandtheater (Scheveningen) and at the pop temple Paard van Troje, as well as at other large venues in the Netherlands and abroad. Jan Willem de Vriend and Nicholas Collon are the resident conductors of the orchestra. Recent DNO productions: De nachtegaal en andere fabels, De speler, L’étoile and Dialogues des Carmélites.

This production is part of the Opera Forward Festival and is made possible in part by:

Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival

Fonds21 van den Ende Foundation

 

Partners Opera Forward Festival

VSB BankGiroLoterij Fonds Dioraphte Bylandtstichting

    Mon 01 Feb The New York Times

    An intensely dramatic 60-minute four-character opera with a searing score. (over Fairouz’ eerste opera Sumeida’s Song, 2013)

    Mon 01 Feb BBC World News

    Mohammed Fairouz is (…) one of the most talented composers of his generation.