Caliban is a chamber opera by the adventurous composer Moritz Eggert, based on the character of the same name from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. A fairytale about power that raises questions about the monsters of our time.
In a society ruled by success, beauty, talent and fame, there is little scope for the underdog; for someone who has never made it and probably never will. Caliban is the ultimate anti-hero. He has a huge inferiority complex, people call him ugly and stupid, and he fails in his attempt to free himself.
The sensitive monster Caliban has many different sides to him. He is both victim and perpetrator. He craves power, yet is a lonely child in search of love. He loses his country, fights against the oppression of slavery, is tortured and then freed. He finds his God, plots his revenge and is captured and humiliated once again. In short, he is the very essence of opera material.
Moritz Eggert played keyboard in various rock and jazz bands before starting his studies as a classical pianist and composer. Since then, he has composed in every style imaginable. He has written over 230 works, including operas, orchestral pieces and ballet, chamber, church, film and electronic music. He reached an audience of millions with his music for the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2006. His operas Freax and The Snail aroused controversy and earned him the name ‘porn composer’ in the German press.
Lotte de Beer, artistic director of Operafront, aims to present contemporary opera productions and thus reach a new audience. For her production of Traviata Remixed last summer, she transformed the Zuiveringshal at the Westergasfabriek into a lounge bar with wine bar and food trucks.
Writer-director Peter te Nuyl wrote the libretto of Caliban.
The various roles will be performed by four singers and eleven members of Asko|Schönberg.