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Women Conductors course: Conducting for Opera

The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme along with the National Opera Studio and the Royal Philharmonic Society is piloting a conducting course for women répétiteurs and accompanists and will be advertising for applicants in November 2017.

We will be looking for UK-based participants with high-level keyboard skills and an interest in conducting opera and will help them discover their 'inner conductor'.

The course will be run by leading figures in the opera world including Alice Farnham, Sian Edwards, Jane Glover, Mark Shanahan and David Gowland, who will help develop participants’ conducting skills in a supportive learning environment.

Professional musicians with a commitment to working within opera, but without keyboard skills, are also welcome to register interest.

The course will be free of cost, and will be held 3-7 September 2018 at the National Opera Studio in South London. Please indicate your interest in this course by Monday 16 October 2017. We would be grateful to hear what you may hope to gain from participating in such a course so that we may structure the course content with your input.

Please email: Mathilda.duTillieul-McNicol@roh.org.uk

Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera:

We are very excited to be pioneering this course for aspiring women conductors in partnership with NOS and RPS. We hope that by working together we can encourage and nurture, and eventually start to effect, some long-due changes within a creative environment.

Emily Gottlieb, Chief Executive of the National Opera Studio:

The NOS is delighted to partner with the ROH and the RPS on this important programme, to encourage and support more talented women into the conducting profession. Our participants will benefit from the skills and expertise of three organizations which all share a deep commitment to talent development.

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society:

“RPS Women Conductors seeks to redress the gender imbalance in conducting by training and encouraging more women into this profession. We’re delighted to work with the ROH and NOS to provide a really tailored opportunity to support talented women wishing to develop their professional skills and capacity for creative leadership in the operatic world.