Sophie's role: CEO & Co-Founder
SWAP’ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera) was established by five working artists in response to a collective frustration with the unconscious gender bias in the industry and to provide a supportive platform to effect positive change for women and parents in opera. We want to be a catalyst for change by encouraging the opera community to actively redress these issues.
The ultimate aim is to foster an environment in which a female CEO, Music Director, Artistic Director, Conductor, Composer or Librettist is no longer noteworthy.
Co-Founders: Sophie Gilpin, Ella Marchment, Anna Patalong, Madeleine Pierard, Kitty Whately
Music Director: Jessica Cottis
Our first event was a star-studded all-female gala at Opera Holland Park in July 2018.