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Prototype Festival, Sumeida's Song

Host Pete McCabe discusses Sumeida’s Song, an opera by Mohammed Fairouz, with the composer and the project's conductor, Steven Osgood. It follows the story, adapted from the famous play Song of Death by Tawiq El-Hakim, of a young man returning to his Egyptian village, the expectation of his avenging his father’s murder, and the price of his resistance to violence. Sumeida’s Song will be the first Arab-American opera to be fully produced on an American stage. They also discuss the music, the piece's contemporary relevance and aspects of Mr. Fairouz’s role in contemporary opera.

A production of the opera will be staged at HERE Arts Center in New York City, January 9-11, 13 (matinee), and 14-15, 2013 as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival.

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now: is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering artists from New York and around the world. This two-week curated event will be occur annually at HERE and other downtown theatre venues beginning in January 2013.


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Clocktower Radio’s series of recorded HERE programming. HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art through residencies, event production, and commissions.

Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. HERE supports multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. Our aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental: HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Basil Twist and Joey Arias' Arias with a Twist; Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge; Young Jean Lee's Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; Faye Driscoll's837 Venice Boulevard; Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge and original musical and dance works created and directed by HERE Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

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