Review From Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle:
"Lisa Scola Prosek’s score boasts an alluring melodic vein, and a number of the vocal set pieces spring vividly to emotional life."
"Philip Skinner, in a booming, eloquent performance..." "...beautifully sung by Philippi"
"The choral writing for the Esselens is both translucent and rich." "The music is so evocative, and the singing of Maria Mikheyenko and Alexis Lane Jensen so appealing"
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Review from MICHAEL STRICKLAND of Civic Center:
"The sound of the four-piece orchestra under conductor Bruce Olstad was extraordinary."
"Prosek's music, which was delicate, dramatic, and simple without being dull, a rare achievement.
Review From Adam Broner of the Piedmont Post:
"Prosek wove ancient sounds into a modern quilt, a music fit for the magical realism that suffused the story."
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DAUGHTER OF THE RED TZAR
"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
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"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 skillfully sketched in lyrical numbers."