Juliet Fraser - soprano
Soprano Juliet Fraser specialises in the gnarly edges of contemporary classical music. Internationally recognised as a committed interpreter of new music, recent festival highlights include performances at Munich Biennale, Acht Brücken (Köln), November Music (’s-Hertogenbosch), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Tectonics Glasgow and TIME:SPANS (New York). Juliet regularly appears as a guest soloist with ensembles such as Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Plus-Minus, Talea and Quatuor Bozzini. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded in 2002 with composer/conductor James Weeks. Juliet is an active commissioner of new repertoire and has worked particularly closely with composers Laurence Crane, Pascale Criton, Bernhard Lang, Cassandra Miller and Rebecca Saunders. Much of her commissioning has focused on creating a body of new work for voice and tape/live electronics or, with duo partner Mark Knoop, for voice and piano. She is also recognised for breathing new life into existing works such as Milton Babbitt’s Philomel, Morton Feldman’s Three Voices and Gérard Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.In 2021 she performed Samuel Beckett’s monologue Not I alongside Feldman’s Three Voices at the Aldeburgh Festival, which was reviewed in The Guardian as ‘a quite tremendous tour de force…, every element perfectly executed’. She has recorded early music with Collegium Vocale Gent and EXAUDI for labels such as Harmonia Mundi and Winter & Winter, and new solo works for Kairos, Hat Hut, NMC, HCR and Another Timbre. Her most recent album presents solos and duos by Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Enno Poppe and Rebecca Saunders, recorded at WDR and released on NEOS in November 2022. Juliet is the founder and artistic director of eavesdropping, a festival of experimental music held in London, and co-director of All That Dust, a little independent label for new music.