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The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. June 23, 2012 The River to River Festival, New York, NY, June 26, 2012 The Barbican Center


a VisionIntoArt and Beth Morrison Projects World Premiere.

created & composed by PAOLA PRESTINI


libretto by DONNA DI NOVELLI

directed by  KEVIN NEWBURY

conducted by JULIAN WACHNER 

with the Washington Chorus, Novus NY & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus 

projection design by S. KATY TUCKER

costume and set design by VITA TZYKUN

lighting design by BRUCE STEINBERG


MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, May 14-18, 2012

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. June 23, 2012; The River to River Festival, New York, NY, June 26, 2012; The Barbican Centre/BBC Orchestra, London, UK May 2013 

Originally Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Official Selection New York City Opera VOX 2010, excerpts performed on 21c Liederabend 2011 at the Kitchen with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Oceanic Verses is currently being expanded from a 35′ oratorio to an evening length production to premiere at the Kennedy Center and River to River summer 2012 with the Washington Chorus. Barbican Centre with the BBC orchestra May 2013.

OCEANIC VERSES is a multimedia opera created by acclaimed new music composer Paola Prestini in collaboration with film artist Ali Hossaini and librettist Donna Di Novelli. Through OCEANIC VERSES, Prestini fiercely plumbs the lineage of her own Italian ancestry, imagining a synthesis of the rich and vast folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean through an eccentric and evocative modern lens. Originally a commission from Carnegie Hall, it is now being re-envisioned for a premiere at the Kennedy Center and the Barbican. OCEANIC VERSES follows four separate arcs as a Sailor (folksinger Claudio Prima) gets lost at sea; a Scholar investigating immigration (improviser Helga Davis) loses her suitcase; a Mother (soprano Hila Plitmann) goes hungry and finds her voice; and a Soldier (Chris Burchett) crawls through a war zone and finds his love.  All four characters are joined by their yearning to uncover the past.  

OCEANIC VERSES musically paints a picture of Italy as it once was, a cross section of cultures expressed through song.  By examining and researching the Salento region, and allowing the inspiration of this land to serve as a metaphor for fading civilizations and rebirth,  Prestini creates a work that illuminates the complex ethnic mosaic that has shaped her cultural heritage.  The story is derived from lost languages, texts of ancient songs, and found poems, woven into a beautiful literary tapestry by librettist Donna Di Novelli. Using a technique of undulating video, Hossaini creates a visual music onscreen that presents the inner lives of the characters on an ultrawide screen that curves around the stage. Players and audience will be immersed in the folkloric landscape that inspired OCEANIC VERSES.

Promo film Credit: Greg Emetaz.

A few updates here to answer some questions being asked: 

the VisionIntoArt CD's can be previewed here:

And, the prints are of the Leaning Queen, and Queen in Waves. I will post them in an update! The podcast reward for $10 is a special audio visual recording by Ali Hossaini from Oceanic only available to Kickstarter supporters:)

ALL PLEDGES ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. These funds will be used for commissioning purposes: ie for the composer, librettist, filmmaker, costumes, and directing fees. The Presenters are covering production costs but not commissioning-which can be typical as an emerging composer. You have to take the opportunity and then make the funds happen! For your records, the tax identification number of VisionIntoArt Presents Inc. is EIN 13 - 4158573.  VisionIntoArt Presents Inc. is a non-profit organization registered as an incorporated entity at the New York State Department Division of Corporations and State Records.


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