Calliope Tsoupaki

Calliope Tsoupaki (Piraeus, Greece, 1963) makes music that radiates an atmosphere of timelessness. Her goal is to express the essence as simply and clearly as possible. In her compositions she uses elements from ancient and contemporary music, but also music from Greece and the Middle East. By combining these aspects, she skillfully creates a completely personal style.

Her music is praised for its melodic character, warm sound and emotional quality. To date, her oeuvre consists of more than 100 works for various settings and instruments from different cultures (qaunun, ney, kemençe, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, viola da gamba), from solo to orchestral works, choral music, dance, theater, opera and multisensory projects.

Overwhelming successes include her opera Mariken in the Garden of Earthly Delights (2017 Matthijs Vermeulen Prize nomination), St. Luke Passion, song cycle Face of Love for singer Nena Venetsanou, oratorio Oidipous (2014 Matthijs Vermeulen Prize nomination), Narcissus (2014 Matthijs Vermeulen Prize nomination), a play for music and scent), Maria for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the chamber operas Dark (about Jeanne d’Arc, libretto Edzard Mik), Vita Nova (based on Dante’s book of the same name) and the string quartet Triptychon for the DoelenKwartet.

She has lived in the Netherlands since 1988 and teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Her opera Fortress Europe (Opera Trionfo, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble & Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor) is about one of the most important issues of our time: the refugee crisis. Her opera Mariken in the Garden of Delights (OPERA2DAY & Asko|Schönberg Ensemble), based on a late medieval Dutch text, was also frequently performed in the Netherlands in 2015 and immediately received great acclaim.