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Selected Works

You Who Will Emerge from the Flood…
(2008—2017)

The first ever underwater opera, part of the Five Fathoms Opera Project (2008-2013.)

The work was conceived, developed, performed and directed by Juliana Snapper and Andrew Infanti. Each performance involved the collaboration of local artists, professional and amateur, from the host city.

These video excerpts, offering a glimpse of the first full-scale opera performed in and under water, show footage from performances at:

Among other places, the opera was also performed at:

“Dear Blorkra” (audio excerpt)

Juliana Snapper & Andrew Infanti, Porto, 2009 (© Nelson d’Aires.)

“Dear Blorkra” is an arietta-interlude from the work You Who Will Emerge from the Flood…

Juliana Snapper's underwater vocalizations are mixed into a piano solo with live electronic (sixth-tone soft-pad synthesizer) distortion.

Listen to this arietta-interlude:

An alien challenge:
Breathing and singing underwater?

Maximizing bone conduction and controlling bubble output as part of a new vocal fabric, Juliana Snapper merges extended techniques with Baroque tropes that represent human longing and passion as aspects of weather.

Pre-recorded sounds from oceanic bubble fields and birdcalls throb above the water as Juliana Snapper’s voice (amplified by an underwater microphone) presses through the soundscape.

Read also:
— A Mermaid scholar: an excerpt of Stefan Helmreich’s article “Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science” which appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies.
— Singing underwater: Nina Sun Eidsheim’s chapter “Music’s Material Dependency” which appeared in her book: Sensing Sound - Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice.