La Cosa Preziosa (Susanna Caprara) is a sound artist and field recordist originally from the south of Italy and based in Dublin, Ireland. The pseudonym La Cosa Preziosa ('the precious thing') refers to the beauty and fragility of the natural sounds that regularly feature in her soundscapes. These have been performed both in Europe and overseas, at Festivals including Ethnographic Terminalia (Montréal), the International Streaming Festival (The Hague), Soundwaves Brighton (UK), BEAM Festival (Brunel University, UK) and Audio Kultur (ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany).
Currently curating the Sound Devices events exploring sound and literature on behalf of Rathmines Public Library/ UNESCO Dublin City of Literature, La Cosa Preziosa also recently completed a large scale Public Art Commission on the subject of the Irish Grand Canal (Offaly County Council/ Dept. of the Environment and Local Government) developed over the course of a six-month engagement field recording, composing and working with the local community. The resulting installation opened at Dublin's Tall Ships Festival in summer 2012.
La Cosa Preziosa is a recipient of the 'Europe: A Sound Panorama' juried prize for soundscape art (Goethe Institut Belgrade, Deutschland Radio Kultur, ZKM Institut for Music and Acoustics Karlsruhe, Radio Belgrad, European Broadcasting Union Ars Acoustica Group), of a Culture Ireland Travel Award (2011) and of a Dublin City Council Artist Bursary for Music (2012).
Her past professional background includes working in casting & production at Dublin's Gate Theatre, directing Dublin's Independent Youth Theatre and teaching drama to both children and young adults. In addition to her sound art work, Susanna curates the artists' programme for the first international Artist's Residency to open in her native Basilicata, Palazzo Rinaldi.