Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : to | to
  • PRACTICE : Composer/musician
  • FROM : USA

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. She has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power” and praised by The New Yorker for her "limpid, exacting vocalism, impetuous theatricality, and...mastery of modernist style." She has received awards from such organizations as the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, and ASCAP, and has been awarded commissions by such organizations as Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center/BUTI, the MIVOS string quartet, and the Ogni Suono duo. As a new music vocalist, she has performed with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Morningside Opera, the SEM Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and the Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. Upcoming projects include the release ofNadja for string quartet and soprano, recorded by the Mivos quartet; the full premiere of Ipsa Dixit, an evening-length cycle of duos and quartets for voice and instruments; and The Romance of the Rose, an operatic investigation of allegory and courtly love from the Middle Ages to the present day. Since 2006, Soper has been a co-director and vocalist for Wet Ink, a New York-based new music ensemble. She is Assistant Professor of Music at Smith College. Read more at katesoper.com.