Jul 27, 2022
Manitoba Opera to Offer Conducting Mentorship for Women
Manitoba Opera is proud to have become a partner in the Women in Musical Leadership (WML) program and join in the work being done in nurturing the development of female and non-binary conductors. Currently, less than three percent of music director positions in Canadian orchestras are occupied by Canadian women.
WML is a three-year program designed to collectively develop the next generation of female and non-binary conductors and music directors in Canada. Led by Tapestry Opera, the program is addressing a historic gender inequity on the podium by providing female and non-binary conductors active mentorship with leading conductors in the field, deep and varied experience with professional companies, and a robust artistic network.
WML provides conductors the opportunity to assist, observe, conduct, and build experience within a range of organizations in symphonic, chamber, operatic, and contemporary repertoire. This provides conductors the professional experience and training that will enable them to take the podium anywhere in the world.
As a program partner, Manitoba Opera has committed to offering mentorship in this program through to the 2024/25 season. This year, we are pleased to welcome Maria Fuller as WML Assistant Conductor for our production of La Cenerentola, and Juliane Gallant as WML Assistant Conductor for our production of Così fan tutte.
“This fellowship has given me the opportunity to work alongside and learn from so many companies across Canada. The experiences here have shown me new ways to explore my craft and completely transformed the trajectory of my career.” – Juliane Gallant, WML Year One Conductor
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