DMA student Olivia Yokers, MM student Claudia Affan, and alumna Emily Clements (BM 2021) will present at the 2024 National Opera Association conference to be held in Tempe, AZ.
New Arias/New Topics for Women/By Women
This session spotlights selected arias from three new operas by living American composers Emily Clements and Linda Lister; namely, Letters to Lily, State of Grace, and Body of Art. In the spirit of the Bechdel test, these operatic excerpts reveal women not singing about their relationships with men, but rather, singing about contemporary topics rarely depicted on stage, including LGBTQIA+ relationships, eating disorders, and breast cancer. The composers, singers, and pianist will discuss and present these arias with an aim to add new subjects, new perspectives, and new repertoire to the canon.