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ISPA Out on the Town

We’ve partnered with two great organizations to bring you a few exciting (and discounted!) performance options on Wednesday evening, January 10th. Grab a new contact or an old ISPA friend, and enjoy an evening on the town!

All ISPA Out on the Town shows require advance ticket purchase.

  • January 9–13 at 7:30 pm and January 14 at 6 pm
  • Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
    29 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Ticket price:
    $30 - $75
    $25 for congress delegates with code "ISPA for January 10 performance >> Buy tickets 
    (All tickets must be purchased through the link above and are available on a first-come-first-served basis)
  • World premiere, chamber version
  • 70 minutes
  • Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Bang on a Can and Trinity Church Wall Street. Co-presented with Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center.
  • Questions: Please send ticket inquiries directly to Richard Stauffacher at richard@here.org.

Acquanetta is a new opera by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman that explores the ways the movie camera alters how we see and are seen. The opera is Inspired by the B-movie horror film “Captive Wild Woman”. The film starred Mildred Davenport, an African-American actress who was reinvented by Universal Studios as Acquanetta, the Venezuelan Volcano. The opera’s vivid characters reveal their longings, anxieties, and emotional shadows in a meditation on how cinema shapes identity, stereotypes, and transformation. 

Composer  Michael Gordon
Librettist  Deborah Artman
Directed by  Daniel Fish
Conducted by  Daniela Candillari
Scenic Designers  Amy Rubin & Jim Findlay 
Video Designer  Josh Higgason
Lighting Designer  Xavier Pierce


January 7 - 20, 2018

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its sixth year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world.

  • January 10, 12–13, 18–20 at 7:30 pm 
  • Baruch Performing Arts Center 
    55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010
  • Ticket price:
    $30 - $75
    $24 for congress delegates with code "ISPA
    for January 10 performance >> Buy tickets 
    (All tickets must be purchased through the link above and are available on a first-come-first-served basis)
  • World premiere
  • 70 minutes
  • Commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects. Produced in association with Baruch Performing Arts Center.
  • Questions: Please send ticket inquiries directly to Richard Stauffacher at richard@here.org.

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and  fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by  Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by  Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by  Mallory Catlett
Conducted by  Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by  Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by  Simon Harding
Lighting Design by  Christopher Kuhl
Animations by  Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by  Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson


January 7 - 20, 2018

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its sixth year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world.

  • January 10–12 at 7:30 pm
  • FIAF Florence Gould Hall
    55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
  • Ticket price:
    $40 - $60
    $25 for congress delegates with code "ISPA25" >> Buy tickets
  • New York premiere
  • Presented at Pitch New Works, New York 2017 ISPA Congress
  • To purchase tickets by phone: (800) 982-2787

Marcel Proust's revelatory novel comes to life in 7 musical tableaux scored for tenor, two actors, violin, string quartet and piano. Equal parts concert and theater, A Proust Sonata transforms music, painting and literature into multimedia performance. Pianist and director Sarah Rothenberg, joined by a Tony Award-winning design team and a cast that includes Obie Award-winning actor Henry Stram and tenor Nicholas Phan, interweaves sound collage, image and music to evoke the author's themes of memory, lost childhood, fashionable Parisian salons, and the final reclusive years when he withdrew from society to complete his magnum opus. Music of Fauré, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, Reynaldo Hahn.


Sarah Rothenberg’s A Proust Sonata is presented by

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