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: June 10, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: June 10, 2019

News and music to start your week! Musicians in Bonn, Germany celebrated the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann with Schumannfest!  The event, which runs from June 1 to June 16, will include works by many women composers, not just Clara.  However, there will be a special focus on her anniversary year, including two biographical films the will be screened at the festival and a play titled Clara.  Read on here. Speaking of Clara Schumann, our President, Dr. Liane Curtis, attended the memorial service for Dr. Nancy B. Reich (distinguished and pioneering Clara Schumann scholar), who passed away in January. Curtis announced…

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

We were thrilled to hear the stream of Miriam Gideon’s 1958 chamber opera, Fortunato, last week. This was the world premiere of this work, which Gideon apparently wrote hoping that it would be performed by the NBC Opera Theatre.  She composed it in three acts, and orchestrated the first act.  While her hope was that it would be performed, there was no plan, so was a real labor of love, to write a major work with no expectation hearing it.  The story of how this premiere was brought about is worth discussing, but that will be one of the details…

Monday Link Round Up: September 17, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Pacific Standard spoke to WPA President Liane Curtis about the current state of women’s work in symphonic spaces.  Read on here! It’s Hildegard von Bingen’s Feast Day! Celebrate by listening to some of her best known works! In the Muse, the blog for the Arts Division of the Library of Congress, writes about Clara Schumann’s 199th birthday.  Wouldn’t it be great to have her 200th celebrated by symphonies across the country and around the world?!  A WPA Performance Grant may be able to help! The Women Composers Festival of Hartford are now…