We were proud to support the US operatic premiere of 4.48 Psychosis by British writer Sarah Kane.
About the Show
Straight from the Royal Opera House’s sold-out production, PROTOTYPE presents the US premiere of the contemporary opera that has the entire world buzzing. Composed of 24 fragmented episodes, Sarah Kane's chilling final play details the experience of clinical depression and reveals an individual’s struggle to come to terms with their own psychosis. Philip Venables’ greatly acclaimed operatic adaptation, directed by Ted Huffman and conducted by Richard Baker, explores the search for love and happiness and the struggle for identity through a fusion of opera and spoken text. As an opera, 4.48 Psychosis brings a new resonance to the last creative utterances of one of the most courageous young British writers of her generation.
4.48 Psychosis was performed as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York. The production ran from January 5-12, 2019.
Reviews and Feature Articles
- The Washington Post: Opera needs to change. Prototype festival shows one new path.
- The New Yorker: The Opera that externalizes the private agony of depression
- The New York Times: Cataclysmic suffering sprawls through the Prototype festival
- The New Yorker: Psychotic opera at the Prototype Festival
- The New York Times: At Prototype, a posthumous play revived as chamber opera
- The Guardian: 4.48 Psychosis review - Venerables brings Sarah Kane's savage text to musical life
- The Telegraph: 4.48 Psychosis opera is rawly powerful and laceratingly honest - review