500 Operas by Women

500 Operas By Women

We are happy to unveil our updated version of this searchable database!  It was originally compiled in the late 1990s by Musicologist Melissa Blakesly, a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music.  Blakesly was a student of Prof. Karin Pendle, a pioneering and influential scholar of women composers.  The page always has drawn interest on our website, but it has needed updating and expanding.  Christine Ammer (author of Unsung: A History of Women in American Music, first published in 1980 and now in its third edition) and Dr. Penny Brandt (noted mover and shaker at the Women Composers Festival, Hartford) have collaborated on the updating. And of course, it will always be a work in-progress, since more operas by women continue to be unearthed, explored and created.  Be sure to let know what we missed!  And volunteer to help with future revisions?? info@wophil.org

While we now have more than 500 operas on the list, we keep the original title as a metaphor, 500 as lots and lots and lots that you want to hear and know, and we hope sooner rather than later!