wonder women!

June 2017 brought us the new Wonder Woman movie, and as I started to think about the projects I’ve participated in this year, I realized I’ve been lucky to work with some pretty wonderful women myself! Here’s a recap of my own female musical superheroes as of late:

A Mouth is Not for Talking: La voix humaine: Soprano LAURA BOHN and I co-produced and co-performed our spin on Poulenc & Cocteau’s iconic one-woman show, built for two by director MARY BIRNBAUM and starring projections by HANNAH WASILESKI. (Check out our photos by Jill Steinberg Photography here!)

Love & Trouble: Working with soprano ADRIENNE DANRICH is always a blast, and this spring brought 2 projects our way– Love & Trouble, a collection of songs she co-wrote with guitarist Dave Hall; and Which Way Home?, a forthcoming recording with composer Drew Hemenger on all of his vocal repertoire. 

Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin: Mezzo-soprano HEATHER JOHNSON and I performed the World Premiere of this song cycle at the Library of Congress. Commissioned by OPERA America and inspired by the first woman to hold office in the United States, it featured a libretto by KIMBERLY REED and consisted of 4 songs by 4 different female composers– ELLEN REID, KITTY BRAZELTON, LAURA KAMINSKY, and LAURA KARPMAN

Voices of Women, by Katy Fetrow

As One: Now one of the most performed new operas in the United States, I was lucky enough to serve as Assistant Conductor for its 2014 premiere at BAM with American Opera Projects. This spring, I conducted excerpts performed by Hannahs BLYTHE GAISSERT and Jorell Williams at Jewish Theological Seminary. It was wonderful to revisit this work by LAURA KAMINSKY, Mark Campbell and KIMBERLY REED, and to lead the femme fatales of THE CASSATT QUARTET.

Thumbprint: Created by KAMALA SANKARAM and SUSAN YANKOWITZ, produced by BETH MORRISON PROJECTS and LA Opera, and designed by an all-female creative teamThumbprint tells the story of MUKHTAR MAI, a Pakistani woman who defied her village’s tradition of committing suicide after being assaulted; instead, she used the funds won in court to start a school for girls. Mukhtar joined us for this West Coast Premiere, and her strength was evident at every move.

Voices of Women: Last for now (but first for 2017-18) is Voices of Women: From Unknown to Renowned, an album and concert series with soprano HEATHER FETROW that will highlight female composers from across the centuries, as well as male composers who sought to emulate the female psyche. 

 

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