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Applications open for all-female opera conducting course

The Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio and the RPS Women Conductors Programme is piloting a free, week-long course for opera conducting.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

8 March 2018 at 11.08am | 7 Comments

Female musicians in the UK with an interest in conducting opera are invited to apply to a free, week-long conducting course, created in collaboration between the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio and the RPS Women Conductors Programme.

The course, held between 3—7 September 2018 at the National Opera Studio in London, will cover the specific skills required by a conductor of opera, including score preparation, approaches to different styles or repertoire, conducting recitative, co-ordinating singers and instrumentalists, and clarity of expression. It is designed for female musicians who already have a good understanding of how opera works, but may not have had experience conducting professionally or in an opera house.

Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, said: '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 overdue changes within a creative environment.'

The course has been inspired by the work of RPS Women Conductors and Alice Farnham, and will be led by senior conductors and musicians from The Royal Opera and the National Opera Studio, together with renowned guests, including Sian Edwards and Mark Shanahan, who will help develop participants’ conducting skills in a supportive learning environment.

Apply online via the RPS website by Friday 20 April 2018. Applications are welcomed from UK residents who are available for the full period of the course whether as full participants or as observers. High-level keyboard skills are desirable, however, professional musicians with a commitment to working within opera, but without keyboard skills will be considered as both participants and observers.

The course has been made possible with the generous support of Oak Foundation, which is enabling the Royal Opera to develop a number of diversity initiatives in partnership with other key players in the sector.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

8 March 2018 at 11.08am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged conductor, female conductors, National Opera Studio, Royal Philarmonic Society, women

This article has 7 comments

  1. Shame it is during term time so it excludes anyone currently teaching.

  2. Jane responded on 12 March 2018 at 9:51pm Reply

    Is there an upper age limit?

  3. Eva Holm Foosnæs responded on 13 March 2018 at 9:31pm Reply

    Only for women in UK?

  4. Why only for UK residents? It would be a great opportunity to know interesting women conductors from everywhere...

  5. Great news for aspiring female conductors, really exciting to see these programs starting to be launched and developed. First of many hopefully!

  6. Lindsay Bramley responded on 21 April 2018 at 7:59am Reply

    Is there going to be another? The dates for this year were impossible but it is something I would love to do!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 25 April 2018 at 12:52pm

      Hi Lindsay,

      Thanks for your interest. Nothing is confirmed, but if a follow-up course does take place, we'll share information here

      Best wishes


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