Women Composers Festival: Here Be Sirens
Women Composers Festival
About Here Be Sirens
"Here Be Sirens" is a remarkable work by a remarkable composer. At once whimsical, witty, wondrous, and weird, this opera portrays the three mythical sirens pondering the meaning of their own beings and the tension of their history and their future, between brief pauses when they woo, wound, and consume the poor sailors passing by. Performed by three sopranos and a piano they themselves manipulate, the work combines singing, speaking, extended vocal techniques, and a wry approach to lyrical anthropology which conjures laughter and contemplation.
Kate Soper is without doubt one the most exciting composers in America today, with a truly original voice as both composer and a soprano. "Here Be Sirens" is just one of her many surprising and powerful compositions for female voices, which use clarity and intelligence to shatter preconceived notions of form, balance, structure, and style. It is a work that is as unique as it is poignant, and it is not to be missed.
On March 7th, the performance will be followed by a "Knee-Play Conversation" featuring Alliance for New Music-Theatre member Susan Galbraith in discussing the creative experience and the performer as creator in the productions of "Love Songs" and "Here Be Sirens".
stage direction by Brian J. Shaw
Johnathan Dahm Robertson, set design
Marianne Meadows, lighting design
Donna Breslin, costume diesign
Noelle McMurtry, soprano
Julie Bosworth, soprano
Camille Crossot, soprano