Festival Program

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Prototype Vision

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now burst onto the opera scene in 2013, unleashing a powerful wave of opera-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists. Focusing on innovative chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first two seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up is quickly becoming a can’t-miss annual tradition.

Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center have come together to bring you this striking celebration of opera and artists, sharing the works of Du Yun, Mohammed Fairouz, David T. Little, Paola Prestini, Kamala Sankaram, Gregory Spears, and more.

Join us in January 2015 for another dazzling showcase of daring opera-theatre and music-theatre works from the most exciting 21st-century artists.

“The contemporary mini music drama has found its impresarios in Kristin ­Marting, Beth Morrison, and Kim Whitener. They’re the nimble founders of ­Prototype, a pop-up festival that should quickly evolve into a New York institution.”
— New York magazine, January 2013

“A new festival featuring music-theater premieres, but in completed, ready-to-tour productions rather than Vox’s more workshop style.”
— The New York Times, January 2013

“PROTOTYPE Opera/Theatre/Now is just the sort of creative emergence we love at Exit Strata — a space in which there is no question that it’s time to do away with any remnant associations between classical music and anything stodgy or antiquated.”
— Exit Strata, February 2013

Festival Slideshow

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Curatorial Policy

PROTOTYPE is a curated festival and applications are not accepted.