Kate Soper


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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 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Guggenheim fellow, and Radcliffe alum, 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 and upcoming projects include The Romance of the Rose, a opera with original libretto; unwritten operas, a musico-literary video series; a set for soprano and orchestra on the topic of "Missing Scenes"; and "Dialogues," an set of improvisations and explorations for voice and electronics.



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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