May 29, 2019
"Relationships are infrastructure." ~Andrea Fellows Walters
Of the 100 busiest conductors in classical music only for are female. A list of the 150 composers whose work is most often performed includes only one woman, and women comprise approximately 35% of soloists in opera. Of the 10 productions on the list of the most performed operas in 2017-2018, three are comedies and of the seven dramas, six end with a dead female protagonist. Women's bodies underwrite a staggering proportion of the action in the operatic canon.
These numbers are taken from a recent panel called Times Up Opera, hosted by the Santa Fe Opera.
In this episode, Andrea and Brandon explore the issues of representation, intersectionality, and content as relates to women in opera. They look at the importance of finding mentors, forming alliances with peers, and paying it forward.
Special thanks to our guests:
Chelsea Dennis, production stage manager
Anh Le, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Madalyn Mentor, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Susanne Sheston, conductor & chorus master
Nicole Weigelt, artistic services manager
Mo Zhou, stage director
And the Times Up Opera panelists:
Julia Bullock, singer
Jennifer Rhodes, seminar presenter
Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello
Cover art by David Tousley
Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
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