Opera Holland Park | 2018
Hosted by star of stage and screen Fiona Shaw, the SWAP'ra Gala was a celebration of the incredible wealth of female talent in the opera industry.
A series of semi-staged scenes conducted, directed, performed and accompanied by some of the UK’s best loved artists. Featuring music from opera favourites such as Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, and Eugene Onegin as well as contemporary work by female composers Elena Langer, Roxanna Panufnik and Josephine Stephenson, the gala was a spectacular event showcasing nearly 150 female artists.
L-R: Anna Patalong, Madeleine Pierard, Sophie Gilpin, Ella Marchment, Kitty Whately
Conductor: Alice Farnham Director: Sophie Gilpin Angelica: Anne Sophie Duprels Principessa: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
"OPERA GALAS RARELY MERIT REVIEWS: ALL THOSE ARTISTS AND WORKS CAN READ AS DULL INVENTORY IF YOU WEREN'T THERE. THE INAUGURAL CONCERT OF SWAP'ra, INVOLVING SOME 150 SINGERS, CONDUCTORS, DIRECTORS, STAGE MANAGERS AND ORCHESTRAL PLAYERS - ALL WOMEN; PICTURE IT - WAS A DIFFERENT MATTER, AND FORMIDABLY STYLISH TOO."
★★★★ THE OBSERVER
"IT WAS A CELEBRATION OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT WOMEN PLAY IN OPERA, AND A TESTAMENT TO THE SUPPORT WHICH SWAP'ra HAS GARNERED SINCE ITS FOUNDING, NINE MONTHS AGO... BUT IT WAS THE MUSIC THAT HELD THE ATTENTION."
★★★★ PLANET HUGILL