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Pocket Operas Pack a Punch

Above: A trailer for the Prototype Festival's production of David T. Little's Soldier Songs. Remember the days when the opera wasn't over until the proverbial fat lady sang? Perhaps for a combination of artistic and budgetary reasons, new operas these days are going on a diet, according to New York magazine. New York's Prototype Festival, an annual festival of cutting-edge opera and music-theater works, recently premiered five new operas whose slender forces pack a punch in a tiny black-box theater. This year's Prototype operas explored themes of war, revenge and murder, and incorporated singing and acting with state-of-the-art technologies. Read more: Attenzione, Big Opera (NY)