"Bay Area opera composer Lisa Scola Prosek has written the music and libretti for some of the most creative, melodic works in the genre staged hereabouts over the past decade or so. Her new—and typically ambitious—piece is an 80 minute one act, 'Daughter of the Red Tzar,' ....a genuine opera, Scola Prosek's orchestration,vocal lines, lyrics and dramatic continuity provide the antithesis and counterpoint, combining in a complex but unified image—what opera is, by definition. 'Daughter of the Red Tzar' marks another—big—step forward for this gifted composer-librettist, whose (now) seven operas mark progress in the operatic form, a crucial element in the development of today's theater. We're lucky to be able to see these premieres locally—and look forward to seeing her next project, again at the Thick House, next year—and undoubtedly seeing 'Daughter of the Red Tsar' again. Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet
Excerpt from SF Chronicle Review of DAUGHTER OF THE RED TZAR:
"It is compelling and often illuminating in its details...Scola-Prosek's score is a creation marked by shapely vocal set pieces and an alluring melodic vein that probes the drama. Svetlana's teenage heartache is skillfullysketched in lyrical numbers."
Known as a "gifted Bay Area composer” (San Francisco Bay Guardian, Berkeley Planet), Princeton University alumna Ms. Scola Prosek is the recipient of numerous commissions, grants and awards from the Center for Contemporary Opera,The Hewlett Foundation, the Zellerbach Foundation, Argosy Contemporary Music, San Francisco Arts Commission, The LEF Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Meet The Composer, Theatre Bay Area, the American Composers Forum. Ms. Scola Prosek serves as General Manager and pianist for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra.