Festival Program


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Prototype Vision

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now burst onto the opera scene in 2013 and is now celebrating its fifth anniversary. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first four seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up is quickly becoming a can’t-miss annual tradition.

PROTOTYPE has produced and presented 129 performances, shared the work of more than 400 local, national, and international artists, exposed visionary work to more than 15,000 people, and filled 22 stages across multiple boroughs of New York City. It has unleashed a powerful wave of opera-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists, and as Opera News proclaimed, “has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."

Photo by James Matthew Daniel. Slideshow by Benjamin Heller, Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia, James Matthew Daniel, Ian Douglas, and Jay Maisel.

“Amidst the general uncertainty of New York’s operatic scene, the Prototype Festival, an annual explosion of youthful energy spearheaded by Beth Morrison Projects and the experimental theatre space HERE, has built a clearly defined profile: brash, socially engaged, and substantially post-classical.”
Russell Platt, The New Yorker, January 2016

Festival Slideshow

Check out some visuals from this year's festival

Curatorial Policy

PROTOTYPE is a curated festival and applications are not accepted.