For the first time in more than 100 years, the Met is performing an opera written by a woman. Listen to the work of some of the many female composers working today.
THIS MONTH, the Metropolitan Opera is performing Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin,” the first opera written by a woman that the company has produced since 1903. We asked 10 composers to reflect on this conspicuous gap, and on what it means to be a woman creating opera today. Read what they had to say while listening to excerpts from their works.
“I’M GLAD THAT THEY’VE TAKEN THE STEP, FINALLY. One hundred and 13 years: It’s a little stunning to think about. If they move beyond one opera by a woman to a second or a third opera, I think people may feel more hopeful. But for those who are writing opera, you have to just keep doing it. You have to keep finding ways to get the art out there in any way that you can, and you have to continue to do the very best you can. It’s not easy making a living in the arts, but it can be done.”
Article by: William Robin