Food for thought.
“While researching the body of recently composed operas, I landed by pure accident on a Wikipedia page,” Verdié explained. “After citing 69 male opera composers, Wikipedia shows this disclaimer: ‘A number of reasons […] have been suggested to explain the relatively few women who have been composers of opera, and no woman composer met the criteria for inclusion above. However, some experts in our sample disagreed and named one or all of the women below as comparable to those (men) already listed.’”
Verdié, disagreed, too. She kept reading and found only three women composers’ names listed as “comparable.” She decided to attempt to contribute a wok in a highly underrepresented category and started a collaboration with Argentine librettist Adriana Fontana to compose a children’s chamber Cron-Ópera, a work that will premiere at CSULB on April 23.