The New Prince Mohammed Fairouz (1985)
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BLOODCURDLING REVUE ABOUT POWER
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’.
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.
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.
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 BeerDirector
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.
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
- Mohammed Fairouz
- David Ignatius
- Musical director
- Steven Sloane
- Stage director
- Lotte de Beer
- Zack Winokur
- Sets and costumes
- Clement & Sanôu
- Alex Brok
- Peter te Nuyl
- The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera talent
- Rehearsal director
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Niccolò Machiavelli
- Joshua Hopkins
- Karin Strobos
- President Wu Virtu
- Simon Lim
- Henry Kissinger
- Marc Kudisch
- Bin Laden/Prince of Revolution
- George Abud
- Monica Lewinsky/Maria
- Nora Fischer
- Alexander Hamilton/ Bill Clinton/ Dick Cheney
- Paulo Szot
- Eliza Hamilton/ Hillary Clinton
- Barbara Walsh
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.
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.
An intensely dramatic 60-minute four-character opera with a searing score. (over Fairouz’ eerste opera Sumeida’s Song, 2013)
Mohammed Fairouz is (…) one of the most talented composers of his generation.