Dutch National Opera presents

The New Prince Mohammed Fairouz (1985)

This show was to been seen in March 2017


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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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


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


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
Steven Sloane
Stage Director 
Lotte de Beer
Co-Director, Choreographer 
Zack Winokur
Sets & Costume Designer 
Clement & Sanôu
Lighting Designer 
Alex Brok
Peter te Nuyl
Residentie Orkest
Chorus of Dutch National Opera-talent
Chorus Master 
Boudewijn Jansen
Niccolò Machiavelli 
Joshua Hopkins
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
Mohammed Morsi 
Agris Hartmanis
Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 
Alexander de Jong
CIA Medical assistant 
Rubèn Plantinga


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.

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.