The startlingly refreshing work of composer/performer Kate Soper arrives with the world premiere of The Romance of the Rose. Performed by seven singers and a chamber ensemble and live electronics, this innovative work mixes medieval and contemporary allegory—along with shrieks, wails, and auto-tuned oration—to dramatize the ways in which love, sex, and music wreak havoc on our sense of self. A new voice in the lineage of iconoclastic performers like Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk, Soper has been hailed as “one of the great originals of her generation” (The New Yorker).
Opera in Two Acts – PEAK World Premiere
Book and Music by Kate Soper
With additional texts by multiple authors
Inspired by Le Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun
Directed by Michael Rau
Performed by Wet Ink Ensemble and Gelsey Bell, Phillip Bullock, Robert Wesley Mason, Devony Smith, Lucas Steele, Brett Umaluf
Alexander Kasser Theater
Kate Soper & Michael Rau
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The Romance of the Rose was co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.
Programs in Peak Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.