Monday Link Round Up: March 26, 2018

News to start your week! OPERA America has announced recipients for their Grants for Female Composers initiative for 2018.  Eight women composers have received funds to support operas currently in development.  Read more about the winners, and the forthcoming works, here. And speaking of opera, Tim Diovanni reports on a session about three operas by women, which took place at the recent conference of the Society for American Music. The British Music Collection has a conversation with composer Zeynep Bulut as part of their #afemalecomposeraday campaign.  Bulut is an academic researcher as well as creator, focusing in experimental music, voice,…

the 44th Annual SAM Conference (part 1): Three Operas

Our reporter Tim Diovanni continues his report from the Society for American Music 44th Annual Conference.  (Read his Introduction here) Operas by Beach, Smyth, and Higdon: Compelling Opportunities for Diversification In this first installment of the series, I concentrate on three operas—Cabildo (composed 1932, premiered 1945), Der Wald (1902), and Cold Mountain (2015)—by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Jennifer Higdon, respectively. These works present enticing productive and historical opportunities for musicians, researchers, and institutions that allow them to diversify their efforts, an argument that I will support throughout this piece. Amy Beach: Cabildo In the early part of the 20th century,…