Rebecca S. Lentjes speaks with composer, performer, and writer Kate Soper, whose critically acclaimed 2014 opera ‘Here Be Sirens’ will be staged in a new production at National Sawdust Jan. 28.
About Rebecca S. Lentjes
Rebecca S. Lentjes is a writer and feminist activist based in NYC. Her work has appeared in VAN Magazine, Music & Literature, Sounding Out!, TEMPO, and I Care If You Listen. By day she works as a translator and assistant editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature; by night she hatches schemes to dismantle the patriarchy.
Entries by Rebecca S. Lentjes
“A Room of One’s Own,” a new MATA series launched Dec. 15 with a Gabrielle Herbst event, provides the opportunity for female-identifying composers to try out new ideas in a low-pressure environment.
I’ve been writing music criticism since I graduated college in 2012, but about a year ago I made the decision only to review concerts with at least one woman (or trans or nonbinary) composer on the program. I was tired of attending concerts featuring exclusively the music of white men, and tired of frantically sifting through concert season announcements that came in the mail, only to find a single token white woman amidst a sea of white men. People around me were perplexed.
Joan La Barbara will turn 70 years old in June, but shows no signs of slowing down. La Barbara will premiere her new song cycle, The Wanderlusting of Joseph C., at Roulette in Brooklyn on May 24. The song cycle breaks with La Barbara’s usual style of vocal abstractions and moves firmly into the realm of language.