L->R: Beth Morrison, Jecca Barry, Kim Whitener, Kristin Marting Credit: Raul Zbengheci

L->R: Beth Morrison, Jecca Barry, Kim Whitener, Kristin Marting
Credit: Raul Zbengheci


“Season after season, PROTOTYPE introduces to New York pieces that shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be.” — New York Observer

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now launched in January 2013, unleashing a powerful wave of opera- and music-theatre from a new generation of composers and librettists. Across its first six seasons, PROTOTYPE produced and presented a total of 200 performances of 39 presentations, and shared the work of more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Now in its seventh season, PROTOTYPE, as Opera News proclaimed, “has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."

Founded by Kristin Marting (of HERE), Beth Morrison (of Beth Morrison Projects), and Kim Whitener (of HERE), and now produced and led by them along with new co-director Jecca Barry, PROTOTYPE supports and spotlights a diverse range of culturally and socially engaged work from intrepid creators across ethnicity and gender. Half of PROTOTYPE’s lead artists to date have been women, and the Festival has presented work from Armenian-American, Belgian, Chinese, Dutch, Egyptian-American, Indian-American, Iranian-American, Irish, Kazakh, Korean-American, Lithuanian, Mexican, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish and Ukranian lead artists.

Missy Mazzoli Credit: Caroline Tompkins

Missy Mazzoli
Credit: Caroline Tompkins


"Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart" —Time Out New York

Missy Mazzoli, recently named Mead Composer-in-Residence by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  is considered "one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" (The New York Times). Her exquisite and mysterious music has been performed by soloists and ensembles all over the world, including by the BBC Symphony, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, LA Opera, Roomful of Teeth, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Emanuel Ax,  cellist Maya Beiser, and violinist Jennifer Koh. 

Mazzoli is currently on the composition faculty of the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School, and a co-founder of Luna Composition Lab. An active pianist, Mazzoli performs with Victoire, an "all-star, all-female quintet" (Time Out New York) she founded in 2008 which is dedicated exclusively to her own compositions. Missy Mazzoli's music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.

L->R: Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran Credit: Dawoud Bey

L->R: Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran
Credit: Dawoud Bey


"...[the] imaginative recontextualization of classical singing has long propelled [her]...a trained mezzo-soprano who never tries to sound like anything else, despite the diverse artistic company she keeps."  — New York Times

Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, is a multi-dimensional artist performing and composing between the genres of opera, art, theater, and jazz. Moran made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, starring as Bess on the celebrated 20-city American tour. "Moran finds the truth of the character in her magnificent voice" (Los Angeles Times).

A unique vocalist performing across the fine arts and in her own contemporary work, Moran has been creatively nurtured and tapped by celebrated artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Adam Pendleton, Joan Jonas, Ragnar Kjartansson, Simone Leigh, Liz Magic Laser, curator Okwui Enwezor, choreographer Bill T. Jones, musicians  Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran (her husband, pictured with her on left), and the band Harriet Tubman, diverse writers from Simon Schama to Carl Hancock Rux, as well as institutions at the forefront of art and ideas worldwide.


Brooklyn Youth Chorus

“No one who has heard the Brooklyn Youth Chorus will need any convincing about the ensemble’s quality…at ease performing alongside world-class orchestras, pop stars and the latest buzz band, the chorus…seems comfortable with anything it undertakes.” —The New York Times

The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound. Named WQXR New York’s 2016-17 Artists-in-Residence, the Chorus draws students from across the five boroughs and combines intensive voice and musicianship training with exceptional performance experiences.

Founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, the Chorus has appeared with world-class orchestras and conductors, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics and London and Atlanta symphonies. Additionally, the Chorus has performed or recorded with major artists such as Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, The National, and Grizzly Bear. Recordings of the Chorus have been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour. As a bold commissioner and producer of new music, the Chorus has introduced over 100 original works and world premieres by contemporary composers into the repertoire.

Daniela Candillari Credit: Damjan Švarc

Daniela Candillari
Credit: Damjan Švarc


Daniela Candillari is quickly emerging as a dynamic and compelling conductor in opera houses and on concert stages throughout North America and Europe. Recent engagements include her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut, leading Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, which resulted in her immediate reengagement to lead An American Dream in the 2018-2019 season.

Other debuts include Minnesota Opera leading Fellow Travelers, her concert debut with NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street, opening their festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, and her PROTOTYPE Festival debut conducting Acquanetta. In the 2018-2019 season, she makes her Boston conducting debut with the world premiere of PermaDeath, her Asian debut in Hong Kong conducting Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera Angel’s Bone, and her Opera Philadelphia debut conducting Rene Orth’s Empty the House, a new production, produced in cooperation with the Curtis Institute of Music. In the summer of 2019 she leads the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in a new production by director James Darrah at Music Academy of the West. Future engagements include her debuts with Arizona Opera and Cincinnati Opera.

A native of Slovenia, Ms. Candillari holds a Doctorate in Musicology from the Universität für Musik in Vienna, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music and Bachelor in Piano Performance from Universität für Musik in Graz. She was a Fulbright scholar and was subsequently awarded TED Fellowship.

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid


Ellen Reid is a composer and sound artist whose work “brims with canny invention” (LA Weekly). Reid’s work is largely collaborative and takes the form of opera, chamber music, electronic pop songs, immersive interactive media, and scores for film and theater. Reid’s work has been described as “ineffably moving” by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times and “radiant” by Alex Ross of the New Yorker. KCRW said that her vocal writing would “make you believe that the mythical sirens really existed.” Her upcoming projects include a 40-minute work for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Prism with Beth Morrison Projects, Roxie Perkins and James Darrah, a new commission for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Death of a Salesman at BAM with Theater Mitu, a solo cello piece for Johannes Moser, The Colony with filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith, a commission from Opera America, and Fantomas with Travis Preston. This year she and Missy Mazzoli co-founded Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program directed at young self-identified female and gender non-conforming composers, in partnership with Face The Music. Reid received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York.

James Darrah Credit: Simona Kessler

James Darrah
Credit: Simona Kessler


 “...the newest discovery… a gifted young American director” — Chicago Tribune

Working at the convergence of opera, theater, and film, Los Angeles based artist, James Darrah brings together disparate creators and mediums for community-focused collaborations that pair narrative heft and intimate character studies with abstracted, enigmatic realizations of time and space.

This multifaceted focus has quickly led him to be recognized as a strong talent, with an unconventional body of directing, design and curatorial work that "injects real drama" (New York Times) into new theater and opera productions, films, events, installations, and music videos. He is the artistic director of Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, a new artist and team-driven performance series and first-of-its-kind creative residency. In its April 2018 debut, the ONE Festival was hailed for work that “expands the boundaries of the form with artist-led events” (The Wall Street Journal).



"...lived up to all the talk of innovation and risk ­taking..." — Musical America

Opera Omaha, Nebraska’s sole professional opera company, celebrated its 60th anniversary season with the launch of ONE Festival (derived from Omaha, NE) in April 2018. Expanding Opera Omaha’s commitment to innovative work, the inaugural ONE Festival, led by General Director Roger Weitz and Festival Artistic Director James Darrah, included over fifty multi-disciplinary performances, installations, conversations and explorations of the operatic form.

The inaugural Festival was anchored by two premiere productions—Luigi Cherubini’s Medea and the fully-produced performances of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's world premiere opera, Proving Up—and surrounded by three multidisciplinary presentations: unconventional takes on both Handel’s Ariodante and John Adams’ The Dharma at Big Sur and Annie Saunders’ new on-site creation, The Wreck.