Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) is one of the foremost creators and producers of new opera-theatre and music theatre, with a fierce commitment to leading the industry into the future, cultivating a new generation of talent, and telling the stories of our time.
Founded by “contemporary opera mastermind” (LA Times) Beth Morrison, who was honored as one of Musical America’s Artists of the Year/Agents of Change in 2020, BMP has grown into “a driving force behind America’s thriving opera scene” (Financial Times), with Opera News declaring that the company, “more than any other… has helped propel the art form into the twenty-first century.”
Operating across the US and internationally, with offices in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, BMP’s unique model offers living composers the support, guidance, and freedom to experiment, allowing them to create singularly innovative and impactful projects. Since forming in 2006, the company has commissioned, developed, produced and toured over 50 works in 14 countries around the world, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning chamber operas Angel’s Bone and p r i s m.
In 2013, BMP co-founded the PROTOTYPE Festival with HERE Arts Center, which has been called “utterly essential” (The New York Times), “indispensable” (The New Yorker), and “one of the world’s top festivals of contemporary opera and theater” (Associated Press).
Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing and presenting organizations, and today stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of new multi-genre art. HERE’s aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental. HERE supports work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. As the ultimate in hybrid forms, music-theatre and opera-theatre commissioning, development, and producing feature prominently in HERE’s programming. Premieres developed and produced at HERE include Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s The Hang (slated originally for Prototype 2022 and ran for a sold-out six week winter run earlier this year), Grace Galou and Baba Israel’s Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville (slated originally for Prototype 2022 and running for four weeks this summer), Kamala Sankaram’s first opera Miranda as well as her more recent critically acclaimed Looking at You, Yoav Gal’s Mosheh, Christina Campanella and Stephanie Fleischman’s Red Fly/Blue Bottle, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, Nick Brooke’s Border Towns, Stefan Weisman & David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis, Paul Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence, and Leah Coloff’s ThisTree, among others. In 2013, HERE joined forces with Beth Morrison Projects to found the PROTOTYPE festival, now acclaimed as “shift[ing] the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be.” In addition, HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; and Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge. HERE has garnered 17 OBIE awards and 2 OBIE grants for artistic achievement, 5 Drama Desk nominations, 4 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. HERE was named a Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theatre by Time Out New York, and The New York Times has called HERE “one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York.”