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American Jewish Women and New York Opera Culture

Hosted By: YIVO

Jewish women have worked as opera singers, vocal coaches, seamstresses, artist managers, conductors, and concert organizers; attended opera performances; purchased opera glasses, gowns, and records; read columns about opera singing in Jewish newspapers; and taught immigrant youth about the genre’s uplifting power. Synagogue sisterhoods and local chapters of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women featured opera singers and repertoire at their fundraisers, and used the Met’s stage and assembly rooms to host their events.

Join YIVO for a lecture exploring Jewish women and opera in which Dr. Samantha M. Cooper (Harry Starr Postdoctoral Fellow of Judaica, Harvard University) draws on archival and press findings to shed light on the enduring relationship that Jewish women nurtured with New York opera culture from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. A response to this talk will be provided by Judith Pinnolis (Associate Director of Instruction and Engagement at Berklee College of Music/The Boston Conservatory at Berklee).

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