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Summer School: The Journey from Workshop to Stage

Paola Prestini: "You can come in, you can try things out, and you can fail—that failure is part of the experience." We continue our Summer School blog series with a lesson in the importance of risk-taking and its impact on one emerging artist's professional journey.

In this Professional Training Workshop, c
omposer Paola Prestini researched and responded to the strengths of her singers while composing a new operatic work, Oceanic Verses. With the encouragement of composer Osvaldo Golijov and soprano Dawn Upshaw, Paola took risks and discovered how finding a safe space in which to take risks and fail can be a necessary part of the composition process.

This weekend, three years after her workshop at Carnegie Hall, the fully-completed Oceanic Verses  receives its world premiere at a multimedia opera concert event at the Kennedy Center, complete with scenic installations. Time Out New York, after a preview of scenes from the multichannel film complete with projections and theatrical lighting, praised the project for "tapping the explosive potential of multimedia collaborations."


“Paola took each of our strengths and worked with them … For me to sit here and belt, and do improv, and then do opera, doesn't always happen.”

—Leona Carney, Soprano

For more of this series, explore:
Summer School: "Let the Performers Be Themselves"

Summer School: "Music is the Star" 

For more of this workshop and the journeys of its other participants, watch:
The full workshop on our Online Resource Center

For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
Professional Training Workshops 

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