april, 2021

11apr5:00 pmArtists in Conversation: Programming ResponsiblyDiversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Choral Arts with Bethany Battafarano


Event Details

All music lovers, theatrical and musical performers, educators, and students are invited to join Renegade Opera on April 11 for Programming Responsibly: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Choral Arts with Bethany Battafarano, soprano and musicologist. Choral repertoire by Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) abounds in all historical periods. However, predominantly-White choral arts communities in the United States primarily feature repertoire by White composers from western Europe and the United States. In this presentation, Bethany will offer concrete ways for White choral artists to program more diversely, equitably, and inclusively.

This lecture is part of our firsts Artists in Conversation Series from April-May of 2021. Renegade Opera founded Artists in Conversation as a collective virtual space to listen, inquire, and learn. We center young professional artists in opera, theater, and costume design, who discuss their innovative approach to the future of musicmaking. Our inaugural topic for our panel of powerful women for Artists in Conversation 2021 is Deconstruct. Our other speakers are Kristen Buabin, soprano and DEI Consultant, Danielle Jagelski, conductor and music director, and Ophir El-Boher, designer and scholar. Together, they challenge the traditional hierarchies in casting, costuming, and the music education system that create barriers to entry for professional musicians. All times are at 5 PM PDT, and our other lecture dates are:

April 18th–Mixed Race Stories in Classical Music with Danielle Jagelski
April 25th–Informed Speculations on Non-Male Political Dress with Ophir El-Boher
May 1st–Racial Stereotypes in Popular Media and Opera with Kristen Buabin
Join us via Zoom for all our lectures at 5 PM PDT!
Register here. 


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