The theme of the 2nd edition of the Amsterdam based Opera Forward Festival is ‘macht/onmacht’ (‘power/powerlessness’ ). The German composer Moritz Eggert composed Caliban for the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, three singers and a narrator. The libretto by Peter te Nuyl is based on the hapless character in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
Scorned and abused by Prospero and others, Caliban learns from his surroundings, gradually evolving from victim into perpetrator. The opera will be premièred on 25 March in the Amsterdam Compagnietheater.
I spoke to Moritz Eggert after a rehearsal for the podcast underneath.