This course offers students an opportunity to discover or to study further a selection of contemporary repertoire. Participants should bring at least two solo works that interest them, one of which should be performance-ready, and one of which should be for unaccompanied voice. The masterclasses will address such questions as: how to programme contemporary repertoire, how to approach a new score, and the specifics of contemporary vocal techniques.
With Juliet Fraser - soprano
Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company, London Sinfonietta and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is also principal soprano of Exaudi vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002. Juliet has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her. Recent premieres include Bernhard Lang's The Cold Trip, part 2 at MaerzMusik, Rebecca Saunders's Skin (2016) with Klangforum Wien at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Michael Finnissy's Andersen-Liederkreis with Mark Knoop at Transit Festival 20/21, and a new work by Cassandra Miller at the Kammer Klang series in London. Her recording of Feldman's Three Voices was released in November 2016 on Hat Hut Records.