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Striving to address a long-standing career imbalance in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors: The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. 

Female conductors, as well as accomplished singers, opera coaches, accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium are encouraged to apply for the upcoming institute, assembling in the fall of 2017. Although the emphasis is on women conductors on the cusp of major careers in opera, more seasoned applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors will meet on November 6, 2017 and run through November 18, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This year’s institute will include two public concerts (on November 11 and November 18) in addition to intensive one-on-one’s, master classes, career advancement curriculum, and opportunities to conduct the highly regarded Dallas Opera Orchestra.

The application process is now open, with a deadline of 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Entry fee, $35. Applications may be submitted directly at

  • aulus agerius

    Had a female conductor for Turn of the Screw Saturday night which I unexpectedly enjoyed Very Much.

  • aulus agerius

    Emma Bell William Burden and Zajic were all excellent in the eerie provocative production (in Dallas).

    • Was Zajick singing Flora?

      • aulus agerius

        NPW produced an actual authentic LOL! The fellow near me here in the cafe said I should record it.

        • If I heard Zaijick singing Flora I’d want to record it too.

  • aulus agerius

    St Matthew Passin tonight with Gilchrist and PHILIPPE SLY. ;-)

  • Leontiny

    Barabar Hannigan continues to enthral and astonish as both performer and conductor and conductor/performer. I hope someone here will review her Ophelia in the Brett Dean Hamlet at Glyndebourne.