Notes & Reviews:
"Oceanic Verses" is a 60-minute meditation on fading civilizations. An archaeologist, played by improviser Helga Davis, leads the exploration whose investigation into the 'artifacts of song' carries her into a collision of the past and present. A film by Ali Hossaini offers a contemporary perspective on the struggles within the opera through the prism of the character's emotional journeys. The sequences are a part of a larger video environment that immerses the opera's players and the audience in the folkloric landscape that inspired it. The New York Times described Oceanic Verses as "a sweeping social portrait of southern Italy." "The songs and choral settings are painted in the bright hues and varied rhythms of folk exotica." The Washington Post wrote, "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 Huffington Post called the work a "stunning multimedia opera," and Opera Pulse heralded it as "an inquisitively progressive piece" and "a gem."
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Works DetailsPrestini, Paola : Oceanic Verses, operatic tableau for soloists, chorus & orchestra
- Conductor: Julian Wachner
- Ensemble: Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Decoda
- Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
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