2018 Festival Program

Prototype Vision

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now celebrated its sixth year of producing visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. “Season after season, PROTOTYPE introduces to New York pieces that shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be,” said Observer about the 2018 festival, which ran from January 7-20, 2018. The festival is the only one of its kind in the United States – presenting fully produced premieres, national, and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-theatre idiom. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close.

With 40 performances of 10 different productions, PROTOTYPE 2018 was the largest festival to date. This festival presented new works by Gregory Spears & Greg Pierce; Michael Gordon & Deborah Artman; Mikael Karlsson, Elle Kunnos de Voss, & Kathryn Walat; Roman Gryhoriv & Illia Razumeiko; Matthias Bossi, Jeremy Flower, & Carla Kihlstedt; Claron McFadden; Dylan Mattingly & Thomas Bartscherer; Tori Wrånes; Alicia Hall Moran; and Dez Mona — at HERE and our partner presenting venues — Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Roulette, National Sawdust, and Joe's Pub.





“Season after season, PROTOTYPE introduces to New York pieces that shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be.”
James Jorden, Observer

“Now a staple of the winter classical season in New York, the PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival has championed diversity in its presentation of new music theater.”
William Robin, The New York Times

“PROTOTYPE – a festival of cutting edge opera-theatre and music-theatre works – has only been around a few years, but has gained major recognition as a collection of can’t-miss events.”
Gail Wein, Classical Music Communications

“Annually one of the most important musical events.”
George Grella, Brooklyn Rail

“...the Prototype Festival is deeply committed to artists, giving composers, librettists, designers, performers, choreographers, conductors and directors support, developmental workshops and productions of their work.”
Navida Stein, StageBuddy

“Socially conscious and artistically stimulating, PROTOTYPE 2018 boasts seven new presentations-three world premieres, two U.S. premieres, one New York premiere, and one work-in-progress-encompassing topical explorations of ethnic, gender, and queer identity, as well as environmental concerns and the human condition.”
, BroadwayWorld

Festival Slideshow

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Curatorial Policy

PROTOTYPE is a curated festival and applications are not accepted.