The Fragments of Parmenides
for soprano, piano, and tape (or soprano/pianist and tape)(2018-19)
|Text information||Texts by Parmenides, Kate Soper, and W.B. Yeats|
|Premiere||September 6, 2018; live at WUOL, Louisville KY; Kate Soper (voice/piano)|
Premiere of revised version: September 4, 2019; Resonant Bodies Festival, Roulette, Brooklyn NY; Kate Soper (voice/piano)
|Technical requirements||See preview pages for technical details.|
The question of what is really real might be the oldest unsolvable problem in human inquiry. “The Fragments of Parmenides” takes this investigation into the realm of cabaret, using parlor song, virtuosic modernism, and pre-recorded plot twists to blur the lines between appearance and truth, audience and performer, and the real and metaphysical worlds.
– Kate Soper