April 27–May 6, 2016
Juliana Snapper is an internationally recognized contemporary opera singer, recitalist, live performance artist, experimental theater director and voice scholar. She is best known for original techniques developed to extend the sonic and expressive palate of the operatic voice. Her career was propelled early on by a Grammy for her contribution to the Best Ensemble in Opera Recording, and by winning the Blanche Thebom/Metropolitan Opera award for Outstanding Young Singer of the Year in 1990. Her work "You Who Will Emerge From the Flood" (2008-2011), is recognized as the first underwater opera, which toured Manchester, Porto, Warsaw, Geneva, Montreal, Ljubljana, and various US cities where she transformed unlikely sites - a Victorian bathhouse, a Soviet Olympic Training pool, the Standard’s rooftop pool Los Angeles, and a dunk tank at the PS1/MoMA in New York - into functioning opera houses. She has received grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Durfee Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Snapper has been a featured soloist at the Guggenheim, the Pulitzer Foundation, the Getty, the Walker Art Center, the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Ojai Festival Main Stage. Her body of work has been written about in The Drama Review, and in books from the Oxford, Princeton, and Duke University Presses. She holds degrees in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and an MA in critical musicology from the University of California, San Diego, where she continued on to complete a Ph.D dissertation on innovative operatic vocalism.