Happy Birthday, Dame Ethel Smyth! Celebrating a New Recording

Featured Guest Blogger: Dr. Amy Zigler In celebration of Dame Ethel Smyth’s 159th birthday, we present a detailed review of the first ever recording of Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate, which was released last fall by Retrospect Opera.  Dr. Amy Zigler is a noted authority on Smyth (and Assistant Professor of Music at Salem College) and we are happy to have her return as a featured guest blogger. Her previous blog, a review of an exciting performance of Smyth’s The Wreckers is here.        Retrospect Opera is dedicated to this essential project: “to allow people to hear great British operas that…

Recognizing Operas by Women

Last week it was announced that Opera America will be awarding Discovery Grants to seven women composers in support of the development of their operas.  The Opera Grants for Female Composers program is funded by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, which also funds the EarShot Grants. The 2015 winners are: Kitty Brazelton – The Art of Memory Laura Karpman – Balls Patricia Leonard – My Dearest Friend Jing Jing Luo – Ashima Odaline de la Martinez – Imoinda Kamala Sankaram – The Privacy Show Su Lian Tan – Lotus Lives This is the second year of this funding – last year saw eight winners.  Opera Grants for Female Composers uses a…