OPERA America Awards Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors
Generously supported by the Marineau Family Foundation.
OPERA America is pleased to announce the second round recipients of the 2022 Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors. The program incentivizes companies to hire women in these key artistic roles. These hires enrich the production and performance of new operas and works from the inherited repertoire; introduce audiences to the talent and insight of new artists; and inspire future generations of creative artists who identify as women. The initiative is generously supported by the Marineau Family Foundation.
Grants were awarded to four opera companies: The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY), Houston Grand Opera (Houston, TX), Pocket Opera (San Francisco, CA), and Opera Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY).
The grants support company debuts by the following artists:
- Chloe Treat, who will direct Holy Ground (Damien Geter, composer; Lila Palmer, librettist) at The Glimmerglass Festival.
- Louisa Muller, who will direct The Wreckers (Dame Ethel Smyth, composer; Henry Brewster, librettist) at Houston Grand Opera.
- Margo Hall, who will direct A Pocket Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer; Donald Pippen, librettist) at Pocket Opera.
- Emily Senturia, who will conduct Sky on Swings (Lembit Beecher, composer; Hannah Moscovitch, librettist) at Opera Saratoga.
(See below for additional information about the artists.)
Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors open doors for emerging women artists in an effort to improve gender parity in the field. Currently, women make up fewer than 30 percent of stage directors and 15 percent of the conductors working on American opera productions. “So often in this industry, you amass the experience, but have trouble breaking into work at larger theaters,” attested Chloe Treat, The Glimmerglass Opera’s grant-funded director. “Someone has to gamble on you first.”
“By providing financial support to opera companies, the Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors program encourages opera companies to work with emerging artists and give them their chance to break through,” remarked Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America.
OPERA America’s Professional Company Members are eligible to apply for grants to subsidize up to 50 percent (up to $10,000) of the fees for women stage directors or conductors who are contracted for the first time by the companies in these positions. Grants are awarded in two semiannual rounds. The four companies supported by these grants join nine others announced in January 2022.
The Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors program is one of OPERA America’s resources aimed at increasing gender parity across the field. Other initiatives include the Opera Grants for Women Composers program, Mentorship Program for Women Administrators, and Women’s Opera Network. Since the inception of its granting programs in the mid-1980s, OPERA America has awarded over $20 million to the opera field to support the work of opera creators, administrators, and companies.
More information about OPERA America’s grant programs is available at operaamerica.org/Grants.