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Kate Soper


Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. Her first portrait album Voices from the Killing Jar was released on Carrier records in 2014 and she recently rolled out her first opera, Here Be Sirens, at Dixon Place. In 2015 she premiered Ipsa Dixit, an evening-length cycle of duos and quartets for voice and instruments, and an operatic retelling of The Romance of the Rose. Kate’s music has been described as “exquisitely quirky” (NY Times) and “epic” (WQXR); as a performer, she has been praised as a “dazzling vocalist” (New Yorker) and likened to “Lucille Ball reinterpreted by Linda Blair” (Pitchfork Magazine). She is a co-director and vocalist for Wet Ink, an NYC-based new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out and promoting innovative music across aesthetic categories. She is a Professor of Music at Smith College.