2017 Festival Program

Prototype Vision

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now celebrated its Fifth Anniversary January 5 – 15, 2017. Called “New York’s most dependable home for intriguing music theatre” and a “staple of the winter classical season” by The New York Times, PROTOTYPE 2017 was a smash hit and stood out for “both the freshness of the works and the names involved.” (New York Classical Review)

With 37 performances of 10 different productions for an audience of nearly 10,000, PROTOTYPE's 5th Anniversary Season was our most ambitious festival yet. PROTOTYPE 2017 featured a diverse and exciting array of artists including Matt Marks & Paul Peers; Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek; David Lang & Mark Dion; M. Lamar & Hunter-Hunt Hendrix; Sarah Small; the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Cerise Lim Jacobs & Julian Wachner; and Leah Coloff, Amirtha Kidambi, & Erin Rogers. Many works in PROTOTYPE 2017 featured a thematic through-line exploring the treatment of women and others perceived as outsiders through history – from Breaking the Waves’ story of personal sacrifice for love, to the search for evil by publicly dissecting an executed woman in anatomy theater, to the scapegoating of Mata Hari, to giving voice to the oppressed and marginalized in Silent Voices and Funeral Doom Spiritual.

Photo by James Matthew Daniel. Slideshow by Benjamin Heller, Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia, James Matthew Daniel, Ian Douglas, and Jay Maisel.

“Amidst the general uncertainty of New York’s operatic scene, the Prototype Festival, an annual explosion of youthful energy spearheaded by Beth Morrison Projects and the experimental theatre space HERE, has built a clearly defined profile: brash, socially engaged, and substantially post-classical.”
Russell Platt, The New Yorker, January 2016

“A font of innovative new operas… a cool, vital presenter of new work.”
Michael Cooper, The New York Times

“Remarkably crafted, staggeringly resonant pieces that affirm the promise and vitality of new opera”
Lucy Caplan, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Groundbreaking”
— , The Wall Street Journal

Festival Slideshow

Check out some visuals from this year's festival

Curatorial Policy

PROTOTYPE is a curated festival and applications are not accepted.