The Dallas Opera has announced the names of the six candidates selected to participate in the inaugural session of the Institute for Women Conductors at Dallas Opera. A total of 103 women conductors and professional musicians applied by the April 15th deadline. 44% of the applicants came from the United States. Other nations making a strong showing included Germany, Italy, Israel and Taiwan (followed by Greece, Canada, Australia and Spain). The Dallas Opera launched this new residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors. Female conductors age forty and younger, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium, were encouraged to apply.

The six women selected are: Jennifer Condon (Australia/Germany), Jessica Gethin (Australia), Natalie Murray Beale (UK), Stephanie Rhodes (USA), Anna Skryleva (Russia/Germany), Lidiya Yankovskaya (USA).

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