|Fairouz, Mohammed (b. 1985)||The New Prince|
|Dutch National Opera|
|Lotte de Beer||Director|
|Clement & Sanou||Set Designer, Costume Designer|
|Nathan Gunn||Baritone||Niccoló Machiavelli|
|George Abud||Singer||Bin Laden, Prince of Revolution|
|Nora Fischer||Soprano||Monica Lewinsky, Maria|
|Paulo Szot||Baritone||Alexander Hamilton, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney|
|Chorus of Dutch National Opera|
|The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra|
Blood-curdling 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 (1513-1515) 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.
The New Prince is the second opera by Mohammed Fairouz to have its world première with Dutch National Opera. As an artist, Fairouz is engaged with important social and political issues. He works with librettist David Ignatius, a well-known American foreign expert, journalist with The Washington Post and author of novels.
As for the world première of De Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe (DNO, 2012), the musical director of The New Prince is Steven Sloane and the stage director is Lotte de Beer, assisted by the designers’ duo Clement & Sanôu.