Kate Soper



".... limpid, exacting vocalism, impetuous theatricality, and a mastery of modernist style.... "



- The New Yorker, 6/23/14. Photograph by Richard Burbridge. Blurb here.


R E V I E W S   for  I P S A   D I X I T

"....comprehensively astounding.....a twenty-first century masterpiece."    Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2/20/17 (full review)

"....fertile fascination....dazzlingly varied....engages you instantly on contact, and then keeps you thinking, reflecting, admiring, and drawing new conclusions long after."    Steve Smith, The Log Journal, 2/6/17 (full review)

"....startling, enthralling...."    B.A. Nilsson, The Alt, 12/19/16 (full review)


R E V I E W S   for  H E R E   B E   S I R E N S

"....inspired and strangely powerful...no one interested in smudging the boundaries of contemporary opera and theater should miss it."    New York Times, 9/7/14 (full review)

"....brainy, baffling, consistently astounding...."    New York Times, 1/22/14 (full review)

"....audacious, genre-bending music theatre...."    Wall Street Journal, 9/8/14 (full review)

"....the fact that no one superlative seems to suffice is testament to how human a work Soper has managed to create...." I Care If You Listen, 1/21/14 (full review)

"...Erudite, hilarious, furiously inventive..." New Yorker Magazine, 2/3/14 (article on the Prototype Festival)


R E V I E W S   for  V O I C E S   from the   K I L L I N G   J A R

"....epic. It's the kind of piece that, if you were to see it performed live, there would be a slight gap between the end of the piece and the applause when the widespread gasps would make it sound as if this imaginary world has just escaped, leaving behind a slightly altered world."  WQXR, 1/12/14 (full review)

"....the work seems driven by curiosity, by a yearning to understand....an absolutely compelling recording."   I Care if You Listen, 4/20/14 (full review)

"....keen intelligence; lacerating wit; a time-traipsing style with extravagant sounds extracted from frugal resources; and, not least, Ms. Soper’s lithe voice and riveting presence."  New York Times artsbeat, 4/23/14 (full review)


M I S C   R E V I E W S

"....a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power." The Boston Globe, 7/7/14 (full review)

"....what is so dazzling is how logical and well-crafted [Soper's music] is, and how lively...."   Classicaltv.com, "The Drift," 6/12/12 (full article)

"Soper...gasped, screamed, whispered, and babbled....It was a shuddering, full-body performance."   Pitchfork Magazine, 4/24/12 (full review)

"Another surprise was Kate Soper, vocalist and composer; a remarkably agile vocalist with impressive bell-like highs to deep contralto tones...."   Sequenza21.com, 12/14/11 (full review)

"[The Wet Ink Ensemble] is fearless in testing the limitations of what instruments or musical forms can be....That played out powerfully in the unnerving but entrancing two movements from Voices From the Killing Jar...."   The San Francisco Classical Voice, 11/14/11 (full review)

"....an exquisitely quirky setting of six poems by Martha Collins."   The New York Times, review of Door, 6/17/10 (full review)

"....now is forever is downright lush at times....but with a depiction more of invisible ether waves in the ether than anything oceanic. Any number of line readings....suggested the emergence of a first-class dramatist." Artsjournal, 1/22/13 (full review)





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