Dallas — On Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Dallas Opera presents its second concert for this year's Third Annual Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House.
This year's Institute has grown, now also catering to women administrators as well.
A total of 161 women conductors and professional musicians answered the call in 2017 and applied by the April 30 deadline for the Institute, which will be reconvened from Nov. 5-19, 2017. This year’s participants are:
- Alba Bomfim (Brazil)
- Mélisse Brunet (France)
- Lina Gonzalez-Granados (USA/Colombia)
- Karin Hendrickson (USA)
- Carolyn Watson (USA/Australia)
- Monika Wolinska (Poland)
Other nations that were represented in this year’s applicant pool were from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, and Mexico; as well as New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
The women will conduct works by Mozart, John Adams, Verdi, Joby Talbot, Handel, Mark Adamo, Puccini, Massenet, Jennifer Higdon, Bellini, Donizetti, Carlisle Floyd and more with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
In the video above, Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, chief music and opera critic for TheaterJones, talks with Nicole Paiement, the Dallas Opera's Principal Guest Conductor, about the Institute and its importance in a field that is heavily dominated by men.
Look for Isaacs' review of the first concert, on Nov. 11, coming on TheaterJones, as well as a review of the Nov. 18 concert.