Feb 9, 2014

Last week’s world premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts of “Labryinth Installation Concertos: House of Solitude and Room No. 35″ went over really well. After it ended, I heard nothing but praise from the audience. The LED panels on her [Maya Beiser's] cello lit up with abstract, colorful images and responded to her movements and music — at one point the rays on the LED panels seemingly extended out on to the projection screen behind Beiser.
The images on the projection screen of human eyes, cells, two embracing women nude from the waist up… and other visuals were dreamy and beautiful.

The News-Gazette

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Feb 2, 2014

Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns… the innovative Labyrinth Installation Concertos premiered at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, taking viewers on a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli.

The Daily Illini

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December 6, 2013

Prestini’s Distance to the Market, with libretto by Donna Di Novelli (commissioned by the Opera America Songbook last year to honor the National Opera Center’s new home), displayed the composer’s fluency in through composed song form. In a childhood memory, a boy (sung by the smoothly reliable baritone Christopher Burchett joined by the equally reliable pianist Stephen Gosling) watches his father carry a basket to market and anxiously awaits his return.

Musical America on Distance to the Market

November 29, 2013

The Music of the Hubble Space Telescope

The Atlantic

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November 29, 2013

“the music was ace.”

The Wall Street Journal

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November 25, 2013

“well wrought…upbeat and enthralling.”

NY Times

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November 15, 2013

“Hubble Cantata…a work of extraordinary beauty.”

Classical TV

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July 10, 2013

“Paola Prestini is probably best known as a composer, but her business card might more accurately read ‘human resources alchemist,’ such is her gift for bringing together disparate artists, technicians and other creative professionals to produce cross-disciplinary works greater than the sum of their parts.”

The New York Times

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June 26, 2013

“Mr. Lubovitch’s new “As Sleep Befell” made for a better match with Ms. Prestini’s music. At the center of a semicircle of string, wind and percussion players stood the vocalist Helga Davis, a kind of murmuring angel. Six shirtless male dancers were arrayed out in front of her on the ground, tossing and turning handsomely to Ms. Prestini’s atmospherics, as if in a shared dream…[it was] visually arresting.”

New York Times

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May 9, 2013

“soft, intoxicating, comforting, and wonderfully agrodolce…set with straightforward directness in the beginning, with the pain of sexual longing in the middle, and finally with exuberance… flexible in rhythm but staunchly wired to the text, each musical twist was welcomed for its unexpectedness and innovation”

OPERA•TURGY

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January 20, 2013

“Oceanic Verses” and “Aging Magician” are brilliant.”

Robert Wilson

January 12, 2013

“Spellbinding music…”

The Washington Post

January 9, 2013

“The composer-impresario continues to stoke interest…”

The New Yorker

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January 9, 2013

“The Aging Magician is grandly, even venerably, operatic…[from the composer] who wrote the acclaimed Oceanic Verses.”

WQXR.org

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July 23, 2012

“Paola has a keen nose for talent…”

Art Experience NYC

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June 26, 2012

“a sweeping social portrait of southern Italy.” …”the songs and choral settings are painted in the bright hues and varied rhythms of folk exotica.”…

“Their video counterparts in an artful… film.”

Allan Kozinn of the NY Times

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June 25, 2012

“Making Waves with New ‘Oceanic’ Opera”

The Wall Street Journal

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June 24, 2012

“Paola Prestini, and her creative team have high ambitions…[and] common sense about what works onstage: characters you can connect to, music that engages.”

“The layering of ideas and music knited together to present something that moves forward with the vitality of the original folk material.”

“Here’s an interesting idea: Two of the four characters, the Peasant and the Soldier, are opera singers (Christopher Burchett and Nancy Allen Lundy); they represent… the life of the past, and their love story turns out to be sweet, simple and touching. Their old-fashioned, trained sound is juxtaposed with that of a folk singer, the Sailor (Claudio Prima), and an improviser, the archaeologist (Helga Davis, who dug into her lower register as an archaeologist digs into the soil): the rougher voices of the present day.”

“a cohesive 80-minute package.”

“the applause, at the end, was long and loud”

Anne Midgette of Washington Post

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June 24, 2012

“Ms. Prestini – an inventive composer whose style mixes the ancient and the up-to-date, the folk inspired and the artfully polished”

Alan Kozinn of The New York Times

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June 20, 2012

“Critics’ Picks”

Time Out New York

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June 20, 2012

“an inquisitively progressive piece.”

“[baritone Chris Burchett's] depth and focus is quite beautiful.”

“This is, I think, what will make us want to see this again and again- we’ll take something completely new from it each time we see it.”

“Overall, I must and I will see this project in its entirety… it’s a gem.”

Opera Pulse

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June 6, 2012

“Stunning Multimedia opera”

Huffington Post

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May 18, 2012

“Opera in multiple media”

The Berkshire Eagle

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May 17, 2012

“The River to River Festival scores a substantial coup with the fully staged New York premiere of a multimedia opera composed by VisionIntoArt visionary-in-chief Paola Prestini, produced in conjunction with the intrepid Beth Morrison Projects.”

Time Out New York

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April 8, 2011

“forged an enigmatic détente…potent…soulful.”

New York Times

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January 20, 2011

“Músicos, compositores, escritores y cantantes narrarán dramas actuales mediante la &oacutepera”

La Jornada

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August 30, 2010

“Introducing Paola Prestini”

WQXR Spotlight

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June 5, 2010

“The VOX audience rose to their feet only once and that was for Oceanic Verses, an opera that pays tribute to Italian folk music across time and geography.”

Scene4

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April 5, 2010

“radiant…[and] amorously evocative.”

Steve Smith, New York Times

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January 13, 2008

“VisionIntoArt presents Traveling Songs and VioLens”

Flavorpill

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December 15, 2007

“Ear to Ear: Paola Prestini”

WNYC

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March 26, 2006

“The vision thing”

Nightafternight

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