Prototype Opera Festival, NYC

Just heard about the exciting Prototype Festival for new opera, starting tomorrow in NYC:

Prototype Trailer from PROTOTYPE Festival on Vimeo

There are three opera productions: the work-in-progress Aging Magician by Paola Prestini, the New York premiere of Soldier Songs by David T. Little, and the world premiere of Sumeida’s Song by Mohammed Fairouz, also cited as the first opera by an Arab-American to be fully produced in America…  counts for something, I guess.

In addition, there’s Bluebeard, a strange multimedia event from the Netherlands having its North American premiere, “dark glam opera” band Timur and the Dime Museum will perform, and there’s a free panel discussion on New Opera-Theater in the 21st Century next Wednesday at 4:30 (I’ll have class : P  boo…)

Soldier Songs sounds interesting (and topical as ever), and Mohammed Fairouz is apparently quite the promising young talent, but I actually heard Paola Prestini‘s last opera, Oceanic Verses, at a free New York festival performance last summer.  Here are some highlights from an earlier work-in-progress performance:

The Prototype Festival is the product of a collaboration HERE, NYC incubator of new arts, and Beth Morrison Projects, prolific producer of new opera in the NY area.  Here’s their Vimeo page, with trailers for the productions and interviews with the featured artists.  Exciting stuff!

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