Master Class: The Journey from Workshop to Stage

"You can come in, you can try things out, and you can fail; that failure is part of the experience." A lesson in the importance of risk-taking and its impact on one emerging artist's professional journey.



In this Professional Training Workshop, composer and Musical Exchange member 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.

Recently, 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


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