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The many lives of Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth was an intrepid musician, a staunch feminist, and one of only two women to have had an opera premiered at the Met! Join musicologist Kristi Brown-Montesano as she explores the lives and works of this late Romantic composer. Kristi’s podcast is inspired by James Blachly’s recent revival of Smyth’s oratorio The Prison, which won a 2021 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.” Look out for Blachly and his Experiential Orchestra on a Da Camera Society program soon!

Kristi Brown-Montesano

Dr. Brown-Montesano is chair of the Music History Faculty at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Her book, The Women of Mozart’s Operas (2007), explores the role of women in Mozart’s collaborations with the librettist Da Ponte.