Paola Prestini: Union

Written by Courtenay Casey

Director of Artistic Planning, National Sawdust

In category: Song of the Day

Published September 27, 2016

As a “recovering” opera singer myself, I am immediately drawn to Paola Prestini’s incredible capacity to write gorgeous music for singers. Through getting to know her through our work together at VisionIntoArt and National Sawdust* where we commissioned over 10 world premieres and umpteen artists together since 2012, I now know her incredible capacity to write beautiful music is a simple extension of her beautiful spirit.

Paola Prestini’s Union with Isabel Leonard
Released on Roven Records

*Paola is also the Creative and Executive Director of both organizations as well as an accomplished composer.

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Courtenay Casey is the Director of Artistic Planning at National Sawdust, a brand new artist-led venue that hosts over 300 concerts a year, in addition to producing and commissioning works with artists from around the world. Courtenay received degrees in Vocal Performance from University of Michigan and New England Conservatory. She has worked in the arts administration field in NYC since 2005. Courtenay is particularly passionate about finding ways for art song and opera to resonate in today’s arts ecology and is thrilled that NYFOS Next is a performing at National Sawdust this season.


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