Dallas Opera’s long-term commitment to women conductors institute

Posted on: June 27, 2016

The Dallas Opera “has committed to running the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors for 20 years, 15 more than initially promised, general director and CEO Keith Cerny said Tuesday,” reports Amanda Angel at New York classical radio station WQXR on Thursday (6/23). The program was launched in 2015. “ ‘We’re in it for the long haul,’ Cerney said over the phone…. ‘If you look back 25 years, the gender balance for general directors of major opera companies and artistic directors hasn’t really budged. And I certainly hope we’ll see a faster pace of change going forward.’ … This year’s participants … are: Elizabeth Askren (USA), a graduate of Bard’s Conducting Institute who has been an assistant music director at the Concertgebouw; Mihaela Cesa-Goje (Romania), winner of a 2011 Dudamel Fellowship; Alexandra Cravero (France)… Tianyi Lu (New Zealand) … Chaowen Ting (USA), conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and protégé of Bernard Haitink; and Zoe Zeniodi (Greece), who has led productions at the Florida Grand and Greek National operas. They will take part in a two week intensive of master classes with Marin Alsop, Dallas Opera principal guest conductor Nicole Paiement and Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro.”

Posted June 27, 2016