There will be a total of five world opera premiere's at the Prototype festival, a several year partnership over the next three seasons. Beth Morrison Projects and Trinity Church Wall Street are working together to make these new operas come to life the stage.
• “In Our Daughter’s Eyes”
By Mary Kouyoumdjian and librettist Royce Vavrek
• "The Slaying of Innocence" composed by Ted Hearne to text by Halim Flowers with rap from Momolu Stewart
• "Sensorium Ex"
Composer Paola Prestini and poet Brenda Shaughnessy
• "Broadview Christ"
Composer Julian Wachner, Trinity's Director of Music and the Arts, and Royce Vavrek.
"The pioneering festival is the only one of its kind in New York City and is a model now emulated around the country – producing and presenting a wide spectrum of works, from intimate black-box experiences to larger chamber opera productions, valuing artistic, curatorial, and producorial risk-taking. PROTOTYPE is committed to surprising our audiences and confounding their expectations through content, form, and relevance. The festival gives voice to a diverse group of composers, librettists, performers and musicians across all genres, backgrounds, and cultures. In providing a recurring showcase of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre pieces, the touring life of the work extends around the world. The festival also presents groundbreaking new works by international artists and has become a global reference of artistic excellence in the field of opera and music-theatre." -Prototype Festival
In 2021, the organizations will showcase Du Yun and Michael McQuilken’s “In Our Daughter’s Eyes,” starring Nathan Gunn.