Calliope TsoupakiCalliope Tsoupaki

Calliope Tsoupaki

Calliope Tsoupaki has a distinctive idiom based on compositional elements from the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music. Also present are influences of music from the Middle East and her native Greece. Her objective is to express the emotional essence as simply and clearly as possible. According to many, she creates timeless music.

Calliope Tsoupaki came to the Netherlands to study with composer Louis Andriessen. Over the years, she has become a prominent composer in the Netherlands. Her music is acclaimed for its melodic character, warm sound and emotional weight. She has composed for all possible instrumentation and has collaborated on various musical theatre productions.

Many of her works have been recorded on CD. In 1997, Tsoupaki was nominated for the NPS Cultural Prize. For television program DWDD she wrote a one-minute opera following the death of Harry Mulisch. Tremendous successes include her oratorios Lucas Passion (Holland Festival 2008), Oidípous (Holland Festival 2014,  nominated for the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize) and Maria (for the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. She composed Greek songs for the renowned Greek singer Nena Venetsanou, which were released on CD. These songs were also performed during the Holland Festival 2010. She established her name as an opera composer with the works Marieken in de Tuin der Lusten (2015) in collaboration with Opera2day and Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and Fortress Europe (2017), commissioned by the Opera Forward Festival.