Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Arts organisations pledge to address gender imbalances

11:55, 23rd September 2016

A number of performing arts companies have committed to address their gender imbalances.

The Royal Opera House and Mahogany Opera Group were among those to participate in Tonic’s Advance programme, designed to address gender inequalities in opera, dance, and theatre.

Mahogany Opera Group reflected on the opportunities available for women librettists, and how it could encourage more women to consider writing libretti.

The Royal Opera House examined why such a small proportion of its conductors are women, and considered what it could to to increase the number of women conductors working in opera and ballet.

Music director Sir Antonio Pappano said: ‘Opera needs to pull on the widest possible pool of artists if it is to find the very best future talent. I’d very much like to see more women conductors working at the Royal Opera House at all levels – not only coming up through our young artist programmes but also appearing regularly on all our podiums.’

The Advance programme, which launched in 2014, has also worked with National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Shakespeare Company and Young Vic.


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