The annual Engender festival celebrates the work of women and non-binary people in opera and provides a platform for relevant discussions with audiences. The festival is centred around a women-led production in the Linbury Theatre. Alongside this production, there are open rehearsals of the Research and Development commissions, giving audiences the opportunity to see new work in the early stages. There are also Insights and conversations with leading opera makers and practitioners from the UK and abroad.
The 2021 Festival will take place from 12–17 July.
Conceived by Alison Buchanan, Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera, Mami Wata illuminates rich and varied works from a range of established composers. This concert features music from established British composers Bushra El-Turk and Errollyn Wallen, alongside music by Nkeiru Okoye, Lettie Beckon Alston, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Nahla Mattar, including UK premieres of unheard work.
Camille Maalawy will be performing the Egyptian composer Nahla Mattar’s Songs on Colloquial Arabic
16th & 17th July, 19:30
35-36 Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
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Engender is The Royal Opera’s initiative to change the gender imbalance in opera and music theatre and drive towards gender parity in all areas of the opera field. Engender aims to highlight and grow the wealth of women and non-binary talent both onstage and behind the scenes.
Engender is a place for women and non-binary people to connect and support each other, to amplify the work of women and non-binary people in opera and to have a collective voice. Engender provides space and opportunity for personal and professional development, peer support and the creation of new work.
Across the year Engender hosts conversations focussed on gender in opera and exploring the challenges to achieving equality.
We want to increase the gender diversity in the creative teams behind the work on our stages and increase the amount of opportunities for women and non-binary people both as artists and backstage, in production, administration and planning, and across all areas of business.
With support from the British Council, Engender is currently developing partnerships in South Africa and Egypt.
For more information on Engender: CLICK HERE