“Visionary-in-Chief” TimeOut NY

“Paola is an Artistic visionary….there is a kind of energy system that follows her/her work wherever she goes.” Philip Glass

“Poignant, entrancing…The rich artistic elements of “Aging Magician” come together powerfully…The music is ethereal, unfolding in long-spun lines and chantlike phrases. Yet there are complex stretches of cluster chords that the choristers sing with precision. Over all, the music is crucial, by turns pensive and fidgety, solemnly harmonic and skittishly diffuse.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“Ms. Prestini is known for pushing the boundaries of classical music, in part through collaborations — with poets, filmmakers and conservationists, among others.” The Wall Street Journal

“…Outright gorgeous…an ethereal blend of Mexican Baroque music and otherworldly ululations.”  The New York Times  [about The Colorado]

“In this as in all of her work, Prestini shows a strong compositional voice and an arresting focus in her writing: vigorous melodic lines grab the listener, supported by tart harmonies. At this point, she has to be considered a major talent.” New York Classical Review


2019 season is a large opera development year for me!

Edward Tulane will be workshopped throughout the year at Minnesota Opera with librettist Mark Campbell and director Eric Simonson; I begin Film Stills, an opera series with R.B. Schlather, Royce Vavrek, and Eve Gigliotti in development at National Sawdust; Sensorium Ex, a new chamber opera with text by Brenda Shaughnessy, commissioned and produced in consortium with Beth Morrison Projects and Atlanta Opera will begin development; and Stellet Licht, a new opera with Thaddeus Strassberger and Royce Vavrek will be workshopped at Banff. In terms of multimedia works, I begin working on The Amazon, a new live performance/film eco-documentary, and my work Sisters for Brooklyn Youth Chorus goes to the New Victory Theater on Broadway and to the Kennedy Center. Stay tuned for more projects!

Photo Credit Andreas Laszlo Konrath