The New York City showcase for new opera and theater, the second Protoype festival opens 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at HERE, with the New York premiere of Paul’s Case by Gregory Spears. The young composer has a bracing way of updating older styles of music into a contemporary sound. Spears’s chamber opera is an adaptation of Willa Cather’s coming-of-age story.
The most notable event in the festival promises to be the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint, 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 10 at the Baruch Arts Center. Thumbprint is about a Pakistani victim of an honor-crime gang rape, who brings her attackers to justice. Sankaram is the composer and featured performer and has already shown her considerable imagination, intelligence and sheer talent in her 2012 ‘steampunk’ murder-mystery opera Miranda.
The festival will continue through January 19 with more intriguing new works, including Have a Good Day! by Lina Lapelyte and a concert reading of a work in progress, Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun and librettist Royce Vavreck.