New Enda Walsh Opera to Premiere in 2016 | Playbill

News New Enda Walsh Opera to Premiere in 2016 Downtown venue HERE Arts Center, in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects, has announced the line-up for the 2016 Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now Festival, running Jan. 6-17, 2016.

Included in the slate is The Last Hotel, by Irish creative duo Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, as well as The Good Swimmer by composer Heidi Rodewald, whose new musical Total Bent will also premiere at the Public Theater next season.

Now in its fourth year, the Prototype Festival showcases new works and developments in opera-theatre and music-theatre. This year's festival featured Todd Almond's Kansas City Choir Boy, with a performance by Courtney Love.

The 2016 line-up kicks off with Du Yun and Royce Vavrek Angel's Bone, which was workshopped as part of the 2014 Festival. It follows the plight of two fallen angels who mysteriously come to Earth while examining modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Up next is Dog Days, David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s opera, based on the short-story by Judy Budnitz. The work returns from an acclaimed tour of Fort Worth Opera and Los Angeles Opera for its New York City premiere.

Composer Rodewald and librettist Donna Di Novelli will then present a first-look at new pop music-theatre piece The Good Swimmer, set entirely on a surf beach. The piece reimagines the relationships of Antigone to a family of lifeguards during the early days of the Vietnam War. Rodewald's newest work is to be followed by the American premiere of The Last Hotel, Walsh (Once) and Dennehy's opera to be presented at St. Ann's Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The opera, to be conducted (alternately) by André de Ridder and Alan Pierson, will be performed by a specially assembled 12-piece ensemble of leading New York new music specialists, singers Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams, Katherine Manley and the actor Mikel Murfi. Walsh's musical and theatrical collaboration with David Bowie, Lazarus, will also premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop later this fall.

Also included in the line-up is multi-media concert Sága by Dez Mona and Baroque Orchestration X; five-piece, Brooklyn-based band Bombay Rickey's opera-cabaret presentation; and a concert reading of La Reina, an electro-acoustic opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater with text in Spanish and English by composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Laura Sosa Pedroza, which draws its narrative from the Mexico-U.S. drug trade.

The 2016 Festival takes place at HERE and the following presenting partner venues: 3LD Art & Technology Center, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), National Sawdust, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and St. Ann’s Warehouse.

For more information visit PrototypeFestival.

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