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The New Prince Mohammed Fairouz (1985)

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.