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PROTOTYPE Conversations 2013

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PROTOTYPE Conversations will be held with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre arts world at January 2013's APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference and the Opera America National Opera Center.  Conversations will provide insight into and provoke discussion about the rapidly growing body of chamber-sized opera-theatre and music-theatre work that is ready to explode onto the national scene.

The New Opera-Theatre of the 21st Century

Opera has become in fashion.  Gone is the notion that opera can only exist in an ivory tower with an audience clad in tuxedos and ball gowns.  While that option still survives uptown and on main stage houses of large regional opera companies, there is a new, arguably more exciting mode of opera creation that has come to light in the 21st century, and most particularly over the past five years in New York and beyond.  A younger generation of composers is not waiting until they are established and supported by large institutions to create opera-theatre works.  They are coming to the medium in droves and creating works that are chamber-size, multi-media, contemporary, and often engaged with the social and political context within which they reside.  Their aesthetic is inclusive, and is comprised of the multiple musical and visual influences with which they grew up including folk, rock, metal, musical, and world influences as well as film and theater.  As these works are being created for smaller venues, the forces are manageable and the productions tourable.  Join us for these panels that include composers, artists, producers and presenters as we discuss this new body of work and how it can tour to venues. 

The New Opera Theatre of the 21st Century 
PROTOTYPE Conversation #1

APAP 2013 Conference 

Friday, January 11th :: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Open only to members of APAP

The New Opera Theatre of the 21st Century 
PROTOTYPE Conversation #2

Opera America - National Opera Center

Learning Center
Wednesday, January 16th :: 4:30 PM

Wine and Hors d'oeuvres 
Open to the public!