Mannes Opera to Present Kate Soper’s ‘Here Be Sirens’

By Francisco Salazar

Mannes Opera is set to present Kate Soper’s “Here Be Sirens” from February 16-17, 2024.

Directed by Jen Pitt at the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, this will mark the second-ever presentation of this widely acclaimed work.

Written in 2014, it is Kate Soper’s first piece for the stage and is scored for three singers and a piano (without a conductor).

In a statement, Emma Griffin, Managing Artistic Director of Mannes Opera said,”Kate Soper, a dynamic and genre-defying contemporary composer, pushes the boundaries of form and structure in innovative ways. “Here Be Sirens,” a captivating narrative exploring myth and fable, presents a formidable challenge that requires exceptional skill, craftsmanship, and talent from the performers. I’m proud to provide our students with the opportunity to engage with such a thrilling and demanding musical experience.”