Past Shows

5th Anniversary Soirée

January 10, 2017 | $300

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.


January 9, 2018 – January 14, 2018 | $30-$75 | $25 with PROTO Pack | $70 with Premium PROTO Pack

World Premiere, Chamber Version

In the new opera Acquanetta, the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity.

Aging Magician

January 15, 2013 – January 16, 2013 | $15

Paola Prestini specializes in works that transcend disciplinary boundaries.  In Aging Magician, presented as a work in progress at PROTOTYPE, Julian Crouch, Paola Prestini and Rinde Eckert create an integrated tale spun from musings on life and death, failed and imagined loves, and attempts at greatness. Through these discoveries an aging magician is placed on the boat ride of his life.

Aging Magician

| $20 | $75 VIP

A workshop presentation of a new music-theatre work, AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man's vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. A co-presentation with the Park Avenue Armory.

Show Run Time: 75 minutes

anatomy theater

January 7, 2017 – January 14, 2017 | $30

New York City Premiere

Darkly humorous, anatomy theater follows the progression of an English murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.

Angel’s Bone

January 12, 2014 – January 15, 2014 | $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 Royce Vavrek's riveting libretto and 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.

Angel’s Bone

January 6, 2016 – January 17, 2016 | $25⎪$17 through PROTO pack

World Premiere

Angel's Bone follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. This world premiere work of opera-theatre explores the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Black Inscription

January 11, 2018 – January 20, 2018 | $30 | $24 with PROTO Pack

World Premiere | Multi-Media Concert

With three veteran creators drawing on the most powerful aspects of rock, classical, and pop music, Black Inscription is a multimedia contemporary song cycle that plunges into the earth’s final frontier and exposes our ever-changing grasp of it.


January 10, 2013 – January 13, 2013 | $20

33 1/3 Collective's Bluebeard was first viewed by PROTOTYPE producers at Operadagen Rotterdam.  As PROTOTYPE's first International work, Bluebeard (Zwolle, Netherlands), will make its North American Premiere in a co-presentation with 3LD Art & Technology Center.  The basics of a classical theatrical setup are shifted with virtual, multilayered, and enigmatic spaces visualized with a mysterious soundtrack. 

Bombay Rickey

January 8, 2016 – January 16, 2016 | $25 ⎪$17 through PROTO pack

Opera-Cabaret Presentation

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band that plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti Westerns, and Bollywood, balanced out with a "little" coloratura soprano. Their new work explores the life of Peruvian singer Yma Sumac.

Breaking the Waves

January 6, 2017 – January 9, 2017 | $30-75

New York City Premiere

Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess, a religious woman, whose marital vows are tested when her husband is paralyzed in an offshore oil rig accident. As this psychological drama unfolds, Bess’s unrelenting selflessness escalates towards a devastating finale.

Dog Days

January 9, 2016 – January 11, 2016 | $25, $40, $45, $55, $75⎪$25 through PROTO pack | $20 student tickets with code STUDENTDOG

New York City Premiere

Dog Days is a work of contemporary opera-theatre that investigates the psychology of a working class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. Dog Days explores the ultimate struggle of humanity—stuck between nature’s indifference and society’s barely restrained brutality.


| $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

Fellow Travelers

January 12, 2018 – January 14, 2018 | $30-$75 | $25 with PROTO Pack | $70 with Premium PROTO Pack

New York Premiere 

Fellow Travelers is an extraordinary personal journey through the intriguing, gut-wrenching world of the 1950s American witch-hunts, its deceits and betrayals, and the often-overlooked “Lavender Scare.” 

Funeral Doom Spiritual

January 13, 2017 – January 14, 2017 | $30

New York Premiere / Multi-Media Concert

Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, this new music-theatre work exhumes legacies of racial violence while longing for the forthcoming destruction of the white supremacy world.

Have A Good Day!

January 15, 2014 – January 16, 2014 | $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 15, 2018 – January 20, 2018 | $30-$75 | $24 with PROTO Pack | $70 with Premium PROTO Pack

US Premiere

An extraordinary Ukrainian opera named for the Hebrew word for Job, IYOV blends an emotional journey, the birth of a new sound, and the endless possibilities of the human voice. 

Kansas City Choir Boy

| $25 | $75 VIP

KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY is a theatricalized concept album about explosive young love tested by cruel fate, told in a series of mysterious flashbacks. Kansas City Choir Boy is epic and romantic, a love-story for the music-video age and a love-child of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous "missing."

Show Run Time: 60 minutes

La Reina

January 17, 2016 | $25 | $17 through PROTO pack

Concert Reading

La Reina is an electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English. Drawing its narrative from the drug trade in Mexico and the United States, the opera is inspired by some of the most vivid real-life players in this increasingly violent war from the past and present.


Mata Hari

January 5, 2017 – January 14, 2017 | $30

World Premiere 

Mata Hari is a hybrid opera-theatre piece inspired by the legendary and controversial female mystic dancer Mata Hari, who was executed for espionage during World War One.

Paul’s Case

January 8, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $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.

PROTOTYPE is pleased to offer a series of  panels, and talkbacks, with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre world.

PROTOTYPE Conversations 2013

January 11, 2013 – January 16, 2013

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 conference and the Opera America National Opera Center.  Panels wil 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.


PROTOTYPE Conversations 2014

January 11, 2014 – January 15, 2014

We are pleased to offer a series of substantive conversations, panels and talkbacks, with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre world.

We are pleased to offer a series of substantive conversations, panels and talkbacks, with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre world.

We are pleased to offer a series of substantive conversations, panels, and talkbacks, with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre world.

PROTOTYPE Festival Soirée

January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7th

Come mingle with Metropolitan Opera stars, downtown theater artists, and the visionary PROTOTYPE Directors for an intimate evening that sets the tone for an exhilarating festival ahead. Bottoms up! 


A series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces.

PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds

January 11, 2018 – January 19, 2018

PROTOTYPE presents its second iteration of Out of Bounds, a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces. 

Rev. 23

January 14, 2017 | $30

Work-In-Progress Concert

Rev. 23, the hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation, narrates the battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil. It's Lucifer v. Archangel Michael. No one is exempt from this battle.


January 9, 2016 – January 10, 2016 | $25 | $17 through PROTO pack

American Premiere / Multi-Media Concert

Sága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with “homecoming” as its main theme. Sága tells stories about the soul and goes in search of their love for the land, a home, and the world in which they live. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings. 


January 20, 2018

Sága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with “homecoming” as its main theme. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings.

Secondary Dominance

January 6, 2017 – January 14, 2017 | $30

Secondary Dominance
World Premiere / Multimedia Concert

A musical assemblage composed by multi-genre artist Sarah Small (creator of The Delirium Constructions) synthesizes genres from Balkan folk to contemporary chamber, industrial, renaissance, rock, rap, and punk in lush Tableaux and synchronized movement.


January 13, 2018 – January 14, 2018 | $30 | $24 with PROTO Pack

US Premiere

Secrets conveys anonymous testimonies from audiences concerning life, love, and death. The sung, whispered, or projected passages will be recognizable for the ‘authors’ of the secrets, while transcending the individual experience with their deeply human, universal dimension.  

Silent Voices

January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017 | $30 | $23 with PROTO Pack

Multi-Media Concert

A multi-media stage work by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus celebrating the power of youth to inspire change and give voice to the marginalized and silenced. With commissioned music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, & DJ Spooky


January 10, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $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

Soldier Songs

January 11, 2013 – January 18, 2013

PROTOTYPE's New York Premiere of Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event from composer David T. Little co-presented by PACE Presents at the MIchael Schimmel Center.  Soldier Songs combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of a soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.

Stranger Love

January 16, 2018 – January 17, 2018 | $30 | $24 with PROTO Pack

Work-in-Progress Concert

Stranger Love is a love story and the story of love, unfolding to the rhythm of the seasons. Set against the ever-expanding universe, the opera unfolds on vast time-scale in a grand celebration of life itself.


Sumeida’s Song

January 9, 2013 – January 15, 2013 | $20

The World Premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song on the HERE Main Stage for PROTOTYPE will be the first Arab-American opera to be fully produced on an American stage.  Based on the classic play by the well-regarded playwright Tawfiq El-Hakim, the opera follows the return of a young man to his Egyptian peasant village in an attempt to break its never-ending cycle of violence. 

Sunken Cathedral

| $25 | $75 VIP

TED fellow, Korean-American composer, and sonic surrealist Bora Yoon, fuses voice, electronics, and instruments from various cultures and centuries with evocative video design to create SUNKEN CATHEDRAL, a multimedia performance tracing a musical and archetypal journey through the subconscious.

Show Run Time: 60 minutes

The Echo Drift

January 10, 2018 – January 20, 2018 | $30-$75 | $24 with PROTO Pack | $70 with Premium PROTO Pack

World Premiere

Convicted murderer Walker Loats must choose between serving her time in solitary and taking a shortcut to rig the game in her favor. The Echo Drift explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli.

The Good Swimmer

January 7, 2016 – January 17, 2016 | $25 ⎪$17 through PROTO pack

First-Look Presentation

Part requiem, part lifesaving drill, The Good Swimmer is a new music-theatre piece set entirely on a surf beach. The piece translates the kinship relationships of a Greek tragedy to a family of lifeguards during the early days of the Vietnam War.

The Last Hotel

January 8, 2016 – January 17, 2016 | $50, $60, $70⎪$25 through PROTO pack (limited number)

American Premiere

A woman meets a couple in a hotel parking lot. All three are nervous. They have come to seal a pact. Walsh’s fifth American Premiere at St. Ann’s, The Last Hotel reunites the creators of Misterman (with Cillian Murphy) and arrives after engagements at the Royal Opera House, Edinburgh International and Dublin Theatre Festivals.

The Lounge

January 10, 2014 – January 16, 2014 | 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

The Scarlet Ibis

| $25 | $75 VIP

Inspired by the 1960 short story by James Hurst, THE SCARLET IBIS is a new American opera that explores the pain and wonder of childhood. With music by composer Stefan Weisman, libretto by David Cote and direction by Mallory Catlett, the piece fuses singers, puppets and nimble, multimedia stagecraft to evoke a primal, dreamlike landscape where two brothers struggle over the meaning of normal.

Show Run Time: 100 minutes


January 10, 2014 – January 16, 2014 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK) - and - $20 Standing Room

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

Timur and the Dime Museum

January 10, 2013 – January 12, 2013 | $20

The dark glam opera band Timur and the Dime Museum presents a galactic multimedia show for the first time on the East Coast in HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. Fusing avant-garde, pop & vaudeville sounds, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatricality.  

The 2013 PROTOTYPE smash hit dark glam opera band TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM returns for a one-night-only presentation at Joe’s Pub. Playing songs from their Requiem for the planet, Collapse (in a preview for the NYC premiere coming up in fall 2015), originals and fan-favorite cover tunes, this will be a night not to be missed.

Show Run Time: 60 minutes

Toxic Psalms

| $25 | $35 Premium | $75 VIP

Vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica, world renowned for its unconventional choral storytelling with superb singing, drama, and movement, brings its unique “choregie” concept to New York City for TOXIC PSALMS. Led by internationally acclaimed conductor Karmina Šilec, the troupe creates a highly theatrical and visceral experience through vocal music that is both unexpected and provocative. A co-presentation with Carmina Slovenica and St. Ann's Warehouse.

Show Run Time: 90 minutes

Visitations: “Theotokia” and “The War Reporter”

January 11, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $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.

Winter’s Child

| $20 | $75 VIP

On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Child is visited by the ghosts of her three older sisters. She is forced to confront her family’s past, her hunger for a future, and a bargain her Mama made long before her birth. Set in a Southern gothic landscape, WINTER’S CHILD is a world of rough earth, quiet prayer, and a mother’s fight to change her youngest daughter's fate. A co-presentation with Trinity Wall Street.

Show Run Time: 65 minutes