500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today!

500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today!

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is happy to unveil our newly-updated database of 500+ Operas by Women! We invited Dr. Penny Brandt (one of the two noted scholars who worked on the update) to comment. “Why is nobody performing operas by female composers?”  asked ClassicFM, a UK-based Independent National Radio station with a popular website by the same name, in 2016. The question was a response to the New York Metropolitan Opera’s first production of an opera by woman since 1903:  which ran as part of the 2016–2017 season. “Damn good question,” I thought to myself as I read this and other…

Monday Link Round Up: July 15, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: July 15, 2019

News and music to start your week! In case you missed it, don’t miss reading Megan Lavengood’s excellent piece on gender and hiring as it relates to the field of Music Theory Andrew Clements reviews the new recording by Isata Kanneh-Mason (pictured) of piano works by Clara Schumann.  Read on at The Guardian. Also at The Guardian, read a review of the Cheltenham music festival’s performance of new works by Judith Weir, Dani Howard, and Thea Musgrave. Read the call that Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is making to other ensembles to hire more disabled musicians and to make inclusion central to…

Monday Link Round Up: July 8, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: July 8, 2019

News and music to start your week! Congratulations to Akiko Fujimoto (pictured above), the first woman to be named Artistic Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony.  Last season the ensemble had a public audition process to find the new director, with four finalists each leading a concert.  Fujimoto was a somewhat familiar face as she was associate conductor for the San Antonio Symphony from 2012-2017.  Read on here. We are happy to unveil (drum-roll, please!): our newly updated database of 500 (plus) Operas by Women! It has been a popular page on our website, but has needed expanding and updating.  It…

Monday Link Round Up: July 1, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: July 1, 2019

News and music to start your week! Jessica Duchen of The JC has the story of Erika Fox, a composer born in Vienna in 1936 who now at age 82 is celebrating the release of the first album of her compositions. The CD features chamber pieces spanning a 25-year period (1980-2005). Says Fox: “I’ve got a CD out and that’s jolly good! I’m very glad that women are being allowed to be human. It makes a nice change.”  More about the CD (and listen to excerpts). The call for equality is getting some attention in the UK where more than…