In advance of the New York premiere of Proving Up on September 26 & 28 at Miller Theatre, Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times profiles Missy Mazzoli, a composer who "has that contemporary musical miracle: a hotly anticipated third opera, a voice intriguing enough to seek out again and again."
In "After Two Hit Operas, a Composer Takes on the Bleak Prairie," Woolfe interviews Mazzoli about her history composing opera beginning with Song from the Uproar (2012), followed by Breaking the Waves (2016) and her latest, Proving Up (2018). Woolfe asks how she got started as a composer and whether opera has been a natural fit. She talks about her classical music education and why she turned to opera. "Opera," she tells Woolfe, "provides a tremendous opportunity to shine a light on aspects of the human experience that we don’t always think about. Not in a gentle way, but in a new way, an interesting way."