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.
Since 1993, HERE has supported multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. HERE's aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the organization has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle's all wear bowlers; and Young Jean Lee's Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven.
HERE supports the work of mid-career artists working in hybrid theatrical forms through commissions, subsidized performance and rehearsal space, works-in-progress, workshop productions and fully-produced works. A primary focus of HERE is the work of its HARP (HERE Artistic Residency Program) Artists, who partake of a one- to three-year residency.
The New York Times has called HERE "one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow." HERE aims to integrate art into daily life and engage the community's needs and interests on as many different levels as possible.