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5th Anniversary Soirée

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Five years of heart-stopping opera deserves a drink. Come raise a glass with us at our 5th Anniversary Soirée and support the festival that became the "teenage hacker of the opera world" (New Yorker) fresh out of the gate in year one, and has since become “the go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera”(WSJ) and "more central to the future of opera with every passing year.” (NY Times). With Renée Fleming as Honorary Co-Chair, this unforgettable party will be co-hosted by the magnetic Nathan Gunn and the virtuosic Taylor Mac and include craft cocktails, lush hors d'oeuvres, and exquisite desserts. This is your chance to wine and dine with PROTOTYPE's visionary Directors and gain exclusive access to some of the leading opera stars of our time. Join us as we say bravo to five fabulous years and toi toi toi to all the rocking PROTOTYPE Festivals to come!

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photo by Marielle Young

Artist Bio

Nathan Gunn, baritone, has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile baritones performing today. He has sung leading lyric baritone roles and appeared in world premieres in many of the most renowned opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper. Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and has been presented in recitals in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Toronto, London, and Brussels.  His growing discography includes Billy Budd (Virgin Classics) which won the 2010 Grammy Award, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Allegro (Sony Masterworks Broadway), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics), and his solo albums Just Before Sunrise (Sony/BMG Masterworks) and American Anthem (EMI). He also starred in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of The Magic Flute and The Merry Widow. Mr. Gunn recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with performances of the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Houston Grand Opera, Camelot and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (both broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances) and Showboat at Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He is currently the Director of the American Repertoire Council at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and is also a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and General Director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and performance artist. Mac’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and Celebrate Brooklyn, London’s Hackney Empire (with the LIFT Festival), LA’s Royce Hall, San Francisco’s Curran Theater, Magic Theater and MOMA, the Sydney Opera House, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s MCA and Steppenwolf Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, and literally hundreds of other theatres, museums, music halls, opera houses, and festivals around the globe.  Mac is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance pieces. Most recently:  A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at New York City’s St Ann’s Warehouse and Hir at Playwrights Horizons. Recent acting roles include Shen Teh/Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of Good Person of Szechwan at La Mama and the Public Theater, Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and in a vaudeville entitled, The Last Two People On Earth, which judy created with Mandy Patinkin, director Susan Stroman, and Paul Ford.  Mac is the recipient of a Guggenheim Award, The Doris Duke Award, The Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, an Obie Award (for judy’s play The Lily’s Revenge), and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. judy is currently the resident playwright at HERE Arts Center and is a New Dramatists alum.