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Juliana Snapper is an opera singer, voice researcher and artist. She received her B.M. in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied under Richard Miller, and her M.A. in critical musicology at University of California, San Diego.
Snapper creates performances and installations that push the physical and expressive capacities of the singing body. She combines radical vocal techniques, composition, improvisation, and intermedia dynamics alone and in collaboration. Snapper collaborated with performance artist Ron Athey on the piece Judas Cradle which toured throughout the U.K. and premiered in the U.S. at Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT Theatre. Her Five Fathoms Opera Project premiered in 2008 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA NY. In May 2009, she collaborated with composer Andrew Infanti and costume designer Susan Matheson on the premiere of the world's first underwater opera You who will emerge from the flood at the Victoria Baths in Manchester, U.K. It is part of an episodic and site-specific work that has since been staged in the U.S., France, Portugal, Poland, and Switzerland.
Her projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from The Metropolitan Opera Foundation, Arts Council of Great Britain, The Center for Research in Computing in the Arts, and The Durfee Foundation. Snapper lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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