When opera singers bring their children to work...

Gramophone21st Jun 2018

Opera singers share images of their little one's joining them at work to support SWAP'ra

Soprano Anna Patalong with her daughter at Bridgewater Hall
Soprano Anne Sophie Duprels and her daughter at New York City Opera
Baritone Jacques Imbrailo receives the finishing touches to his makeup in the dressing room at English National Opera before his performance in The Pearl Fishers
Baritone Roland Wood and his son trying out a new look for Thebans at ENO
Jennifer Johnston with her daughter at the Bavarian State Opera
Kitty Whately in Beijing
Soprano Madeleine Pierard with her daughter at New Zealand Opera
Soprano Mari Eriksmoen looks on as her daughter appears onstage with tenor Andrew Staples
Rebecca Bottone with her daughter at Scottish Opera
Repetiteur Alice Turner with her daughter at rehearsals for Don Giovanni with The Opera Project
Tenor Ben Hulet's sons stand side-by-side with his goblin feet at Glyndebourne's production of Handel's Saul

SWAP'ra is a newly-established charity supporting women and parents in the world of opera. They will be holding their inaugural gala concert at Opera Holland Park on July 31, which will include singers Giselle Allen, Yvonne Howard, Jennifer Johnston, Janis Kelly, Diana Montague, Amanda Roocroft and Catherine Wyn Rogers, accompanied by the all-female SWAP'ra Orchestra.

SWAP'ra 'was established in response to a collective frustration with the unconscious gender bias in the opera industry. The aim of the organisation is to foster an environment in which a female CEO, Music Director, Artistic Director, Conductor, Composer or Librettist is no longer noteworthy.' Opera stars have contributed photos of themselves at work with their children to promote SWAP'ra's cause, and you can enjoy the gallery by clicking on any of the images above. 

For more information about SWAP'ra and their gala concert, please visit: swap-ra.org

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