News to start your week!
Opera5, a Canadian opera company which is based in Toronto, will be presenting two works by Ethel Smyth – Fête Galante and The Boatswain’s Mate – June 22 through the 25th. Smyth is remembered for her work as a suffragette as well as her work as a composer, and her political convictions can be seen in particular in the feminist opera The Boatswain’s Mate. Notably, O5 is also boasting an entirely female production team for these performances. Learn more here!
Brett Campbell of OregonLive writes about the coming Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and the highlight on women composers. Included in the festival programming this year are works by Hildegard, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann, Valerie Coleman, and Hannah Lash. Read more about the coming festival here.
There’s a new edition of the Listening to Ladies podcast – this week featuring Beth Anderson. Find out more information about the composer with links to her works on the LtL website, or stream the podcast below:
Rebecca Lentjes of The Log Journal writes about the responses she received after writing an article on the “Top 10 Living Women Composers”. The lack of representation in the classical work, and the way that historic and contemporary women composers are all to often dismissed out of hand, is an important and often frustrating conversation to engage with. Read on here.
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