ART TALK: “A PANEL ON GENDER AND OPERA MODERATED BY JENNIFER RHODES INCLUDING SITE ARTIST VASCO ARAÚJO”
Of the 100 busiest conductors in classical music, only four are female. A list of the 150
classical composers whose work is most often performed includes only one woman.
The opera canon is nearly entirely told from a male perspective: women comprise
approximately 35% of soloists. How do these gender imbalances impact what we see
on stage? This panel discusses the challenges and potentials of this transformative
cultural moment. How can we begin to counteract opera’s omissions and
misrepresentations of the past 400 years, and embrace powerful emerging voices?
Jennifer Rhodes is Robert Belknap Core Faculty Fellow at Columbia University, where
she teaches literature and leads Core Lab, an experimental arts workshop. She spends
summers on the staff of the Santa Fe Opera, where she runs and writes subtitles and
speaks frequently on opera and literature.