Kate Soper


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Wet Ink

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.

Kate's music has been described as "exquisitely quirky" (NY Times) and "epic" (WQXR). A 2023 Rome Prize fellow and 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Kate was recently described as "one of the great originals of her generation" by the New Yorker's Alex Ross. As a performer, she has been praised as a "dazzling vocalist" (New Yorker) and likened to "Lucille Ball reinterpreted by Linda Blair" (Pitchfork Magazine).

Current, recent, and upcoming projects include The Romance of the Rose, a opera with original libretto; The Understanding of All Things, an album of works for voice, piano, and electronics; HARK, a play for actors and string quartet; and The Hunt, a new opera for three sopranos self-accompanying on ukulele and violin.

Kate is a member of Wet Ink, an NYC-based new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out and promoting innovative music across aesthetic categories. She is the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music at Smith College.

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