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.

Join us January 5-15, 2017 as Beth Morrison Projects and HERE bring you another dazzling showcase of daring opera-theatre and music-theatre works from the most exciting 21st-century artists: the world premiere of Mata Hari by Matt Marks and Paul Peers; the New York premiere of chamber opera Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek; the New York premiere of anatomy theater by David Lang and Mark Dion; the New York premiere of multi-media concert Funeral Doom Spiritual by M Lamar; and a multi-media concert of Silent Voices featuring composers Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Toshi Reagon, and DJ Spooky and performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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.