Today, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam presents the world première of The New Prince, by Mohamed Fairouz, with a libretto in English by David Ignatius after Niccolò Machiavelli's novel.
It is the composer's second opera after Sumeida's Song (2009).
Set in the past and in the future, the opera 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. (reproduced from the Dutch National Opera website).The cast includes baritone Joshua Hopkins (Niccolò Machiavelli), mezzo Karin Strobos (Fortuna), bass Simon Lim (President Wu Virtu), baritone Marc Kudisch (Henry Kissinger), singer George Abud (Bin Laden / Prince of Revolution), soprano Nora Fischer (Monica Lewinsky), baritone Paulo Szot (Bill Clinton / Dick Cheney). Steven Sloane conducts the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Lotte de Beer directs.
The performance will take place at the Stadsschouwburg and should last about 100 minutes.