PROTOTYPE is the premier festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre. January 5–13, 2019.

Referred to as “one of the great things about being in New York City in January” by Opera News, the 7th annual festival of PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now returns January 5-13, 2019. The pioneering festival features eleven presentations that, characteristically, “shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be” (New York Observer).

The 2019 Festival spotlights the imaginative and dramatic work of 32 lead artists, exploring ideas of mental health, ethnicity, and motherhood, as well as concerns around the public justice system and immigration, via five world premieres, two NY premieres, one US premiere, two works-in-progress, and one tribute concert.

The upcoming PROTOTYPE Festival brings you new work by Ellen Reid & Roxie Perkins; Philip Venables & Sarah Kane; Leah Coloff; Michael Joseph McQuilken, Leah Siegel, Amanda Palmer, & Jason Webley; Graham Reynolds & Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol of Mexico City; Joseph Keckler; Frances Pollock & Tia Price; Andrea Clearfield, Jean Claude van Itallie, & Lois Walden; Matt Marks; Ellen Reid & Sarah LaBrie and David T. Little & Royce Vavrek – at HERE and our partner presenting venues – La MaMa, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Irondale, BRIC, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with Harlem Stage, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, Roulette, Times Square Arts and St. Paul’s. PROTOTYPE 2019 will also feature a special Soirée with enticing guests and the return of PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds, a series of free, site-specific works in public spaces this year.

All tickets for PROTOTYPE 2019 are now on sale. Join our mailing list and be the first to hear about exclusive offers and show information!


watch the prototype 2019 trailer