National Sawdust & The Met Opera Present ‘Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity’

(Photo: Jill Steinberg) National Sawdust and The Met Opera presented “Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity” on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024. This was the second installment of this three-part series that, according to the program, celebrates artistic convergence by investigating the intersection of innovation and tradition at National Sawdust. The evening included composer and co-founder of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini, and theater {…}

Metropolitan Opera & National Sawdust to Present ‘Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity’

The Metropolitan Opera is joining forces with National Sawdust to co-present a concert centered on excerpts from Paola Prestini’s upcoming opera “Sensorium Ex.” The event, which is part of the “Opera Evolved” series, features such artists as J’Nai Bridges, Hailey McAvoy, stage director Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Brenda Shaughnessy (librettist of “Sensorium Ex”), as they alternate between performance and discussion. Prestini {…}

Artscape Theater to Workshop Paola Prestini’s Disabled-led Opera ‘Sensorium Ex’

On November 17, 2022, Artscape Theater in Cape Town, South Africa, will begin its workshop for composer Paola Prestini’s developing opera “Sensorium Ex.” “Sensorium Ex” is written for soloists, choir, chamber orchestra, and electronics, and seeks to explore the nature of voice beyond language, as well as the human experience and relationships with community. The libretto, by Brenda Shaughnessy, draws {…}

Voices of Ascension & the Young People’s Chorus of NYC Review 2022: Paola Prestini’s ‘The Glass Box’

The Voices of Ascension and the Young People’s Chorus of NYC performed composer Paola Prestini’s ‘The Glass Box’ in a highly anticipated program at the Church of the Ascension on November 9th. Prestini composed ‘The Glass Box’ in 2018, with text written by Royce Vavrek as an oratorio about young refugees in Sweden. This new work challenges perspectives and promotes {…}

Young People’s Chorus of New York City & Voices of Ascension to Present Paola Prestini’s ‘The Glass Box’

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Grammy-nominated Voices of Ascension will present Paola Prestini’s “The Glass Box” on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Premiered in 2018, “The Glass Box” is a multimedia piece centered around the phenomenon known as “uppgivenhetssyndrom,” a coma-like condition found in young refugees in Sweden whose families are slated for deportation. Playwright Royce {…}

Q&A: Composer Paola Prestini on the World Premiere of her ‘Edward Tulane’

Paola Prestini’s first grand opera, “Edward Tulane,” makes its world premiere on October 8th as the first work by a woman to be commissioned by Minnesota Opera as part of the company’s New Works Initiative. Based on the novel, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” by Minnesota author and two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, Paola Prestini collaborates with librettist Mark Campbell to honor {…}