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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)

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.