Met’s First Time Commissioning Operas by Women


The Metropolitan Opera is commissioning operas by women for the first time in its history. This new change comes under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s newest musical director since 1976. The Met is hoping to adapt novels such as Lincoln in the Bardo and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Public Theatre. This initiative by Nézet-Séguin is meant to show that “opera is for everyone.” Mr. Nézet-Séguin emphasizes, “It’s an illusion to think that everyone will love [opera]. But it’s not an illusion to try to make everyone feel welcome to it.”

For Further Reading:

Read more about how Carmen, one of the most well-known opera protagonists, has become a “feminist icon.”

Discussion Question:

What plot would you like to see developed in a modern opera?


Action Item:

Are you interested in opera? Learn more about America’s Women’s Opera Network.



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