Paola Prestini’s new opera Sensorium Ex premieres at Omaha’s The Common Senses Festival in 2025

‘To Have A Voice Is Everything’ – New opera in the spotlight at National Sawdust

At the end of ‘Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity’, my friend turned to me and said, ‘Well, are we going to Omaha?’ Nebraska hardly trips off the tongue when it comes to opera destinations, but perhaps it should. In 2025, The Common Senses Festival will present the world premiere of Sensorium Ex, a remarkable new opera by composer Paola Prestini with a libretto by poet Brenda Shaughnessy.

Hailey McAvoy (mezzo-soprano), Jerron Herman (director/choreographer) and Paola Prestini (composer) © Jill Steinberg

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