January 10 – January 18 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
An illiterate woman is gang-raped as retribution for an ‘honor crime’ her brother allegedly committed. She doesn’t surrender. She becomes the first woman in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. Her name is Mukhtar. With a score influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, Thumbprint, the contemporary opera-theatre work by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, follows Mukhtar’s human rights crusade along a road she must walk and pave at the same time. Through acts of courage that astonish even her, Mukhtar is transformed, and so is the world that watches.
At Baruch Performing Arts Center,
55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
January 15 – January 19 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
This opera by Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelytė, librettist Vaiva Grainytė and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping center and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical ‘Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!’, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas.
At HERE, 145 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10013.
January 8 – January 13 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
Subsisting in grimy turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, a misfit high school boy finds an escape. Swept up by dreams of a more glamorous world, his flight and ultimate dissolution are chronicled in Paul’s Case. With music that draws on new and old styles—post-minimal and baroque—composer Gregory Spears and playwright Kathryn Walat’s poignant chamber opera traces Paul’s voyage from his repressive surroundings to New York City’s lavish Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A timeless story with a gripping climax, Paul’s Case reveals one young man’s destructive blend of defiance and fragility.
At HERE, 145 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
January 11 – January 13 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
Gradual and insidious, auditory hallucinations warp minds with “loud thoughts,” that often deceive, derange, and force sufferers into a world of crippling paranoia. Visitations, the New York premiere of the double-bill, semi-staged multi-media concert of one-act chamber operas by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O’Brien unravels the phenomenon. In Theotokia, penetrate the consciousness of a man who, assailed by hallucinatory voices, is taunted and seduced by the mother of God. Uncover the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning combat journalist Paul Watson in The War Reporter, where he seeks to stifle the haunting voice of an American soldier whose corpse he photographed in the streets of Mogadishu.
At Roulette Theatre, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217.
January 12 – January 15 | $15 ($10 & $9 with PROTO PACK)
Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status and bring them into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails ... then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary. The story is told through Du Yun’s eclectic music: part chamber music, theatre, pop music, opera, cabaret, and involving visual arts and noise, forming a harmonious and moving piece.
At Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006.
January 10 – January 13 | $20 ($12 with PROTO PACK)
Fresh new opera diva Lauren Worsham and noted song-writer Kyle Jarrow bring their Sky-Pony troupe to PROTOTYPE late nights to present four themed nights of performance inspired by the FOUR HUMORS of the Classical World. From the Greeks up through the Elizabethans, western culture believed that different bodily fluids were linked to fundamental personality types. There was the Melancholic (heartbroken and yearning), the Sanguine (pleasure-seeking and joyous), the Phlegmatic (thoughtful and reflective), and the Choleric (hot-tempered and vengeful). Sky-Pony serves up four unique sets on four consecutive nights, each inspired by one of these humors.
At HERE, 145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
January 17 | $15 ($9 with PROTO PACK)
Elizaveta exudes a heady mixture of opera, pop, jazz, and soul. Stir in some beats, flawless live looping, and a live band to support her, and it’s easy to understand why she acquired the ‘5th Element’ moniker: it’s a transporting experience as Elizaveta effortlessly shifts between styles, eras, and sounds in a successful bid to marry the 19th and 21st centuries via musical means.
At Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, 10003
January 9 – January 19 | Free
Under the Radar / COIL / American Realness / PROTOTYPE present an eclectic mix of adventurous music, cabaret performance, and late night revelry for our intrepid audiences, festival artists, and professional colleagues.
Join us for a nightly after-party to hang, drink, converse, and rock out after long days of sitting in dark theatres.
At The Public Theater, 3rd floor, 425 Lafayette St, New York, 10003