Saluted by The New Yorker as “essential to the evolution of American opera”, the 5th Anniversary Season of PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now (Jan 5 – 15, 2017) was our greatest and most ambitious to date. With 31 performances of 7 different productions across the boroughs, PROTOTYPE 2017 was a major success! Not to mention, our World Premiere work, Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun and Royce Vavrek won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music! We also introduced and improved programs to better connect our audience (you!) to the festival, like our new free, pop-up performance series, Out of Bounds and our VIP Membership.  Audiences and critics alike lauded our achievements, noting that PROTOTYPE is a “not-to-miss event for those who want to discover the next big thing” (WQXR), and "vital...the city’s most important spotlight on contemporary opera, broadly defined." (The New York Times).

Now continuing into its sixth season, PROTOTYPE returns January 7 - 20, 2018, bringing you a stellar array of artists from the world over.  The festival kicks off with our Soiree hosted by the incomparable Renée Fleming at City Vineyard for an intimate and one-of-a-kind evening with America’s reigning Diva.  The sixth edition of the festival presents new works by Gregory Spears & Greg Pierce; Michael Gordon & Deborah Artman; Swedish-American composer Mikael Karlsson & librettists Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat; Ukrainian composers Roman Hryhoriv & Illia Razumeiko; Matthias Bossi, Jeremy Flower, & Carla Kihlstedt; Dylan Mattingly, Thomas Bartscherer, & Contemporaneous; and Claron McFadden, Tuur Florizoone, Marine Horbaczewski, & Michel Massot from the Netherlands and Belgium – at HERE and our partner presenting venues – National Sawdust, Roulette, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, and Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Tickets for PROTOTYPE 2018 will go on sale to VIP Members on September 5, 2017 and to the general public on September 18, 2017.  


“Essential to the evolution of American opera.”
— The New Yorker, January 2017

“Now a staple of the winter classical season in New York, the Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival has championed diversity in its presentation of new music theater. By the time its fifth season has concluded in January, it will have produced 10 works written by women; half of all the composers and librettists it has presented have been female.”
— The New York Times, December 2016

“Vital…the city’s most important spotlight on contemporary opera, broadly defined.”
— The New York Times, December 2016

“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.”
— The New Yorker, January 2016

“The go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera”
— The Wall Street Journal, January 2016