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A Unique Soprano Voice Let Loose with Jessica Aszodi

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Cooper Hall kicks off season 5 of their increasing popular opera club (CHOC) by flying one of opera’s most exciting new talents in from her base in Germany for a performance on 17th October.

“Jessica Aszodi is known for her adventurous performances, and for this show, will take the audience on a rollercoaster through time and timbres,” said Morag McLaren, creative director, Cooper Hall.

“Featuring music by W.A Mozart, Luciano Berio, John Cage, and Kurt Weill, alongside composers of today like Liza Lim, Anthony Pateras and Jennifer Walshe, the programme showcases the human voice at its extremes, jumping across time and genres, while breaking down our beliefs about the nature of opera itself.

“I heard Jess sing a selection of unaccompanied contemporary songs at an Open Ear BBC concert in London last year. Her ability to cross the musical genre styles, and her expressive range blew me away. As did her presence and command of the stage. I can honestly say it is among the most impressive and exciting vocal performances I have witnessed. 

“She embraces and explores every possible nuance of the human voice, with ease and great skill. She had the audience, including myself, sitting on the edge of our seats completely carried away with the extraordinary musical journey she took us on. 

“As a result, I offered her a residency to spend a few days with us to explore and develop ideas for a new piece she’s putting together, some of which she’ll include and discuss on the night. I feel very privileged that this unique artist will be opening our opera club season, where she will present a diverse programme of repertoire she has already performed, as well as sharing her work process. 

“There will of course be our usual Q&A session at the end.  It promises to be an enlightening and unforgettable experience.”   

Jess Aszodi’s career could best be described as genre-bounding and label-defying. The Australian-born, London-based vocalist has premiered dozens of new pieces, performed work that has lain dormant for centuries, devised pieces, projects and festivals, sung roles from the standard operatic repertoire and collaborated with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical palette. 

Her performances have been described as “thrilling” (LA Times) and “Intense” (New York Times). Her voice has been praised for its “utmost security and power” (Chicago Tribune) while the media in her native Australia have dubbed her “one of the finest actress-singers in the country” (The Age).

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £16.50 from www.cooperhall.org

Cooper Hall are offering Frome Times readers the chance to win two free tickets to the event. All you have to do is sign up to the Cooper Hall mailing list and one lucky person will be drawn from those who sign up. 

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