3 Canadian composers are paid to write cat operas at home

Winners of the $50,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes will create three Canadian operas to be premiered 2021, with stagings by Toronto’s Opera 5, Montreal’s Opera McGill, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), and Queen’s University Dan School of Music.

The winners are:

Anna Pidgorna, composer (New Westminster BC) and Maria Reva, librettist (New Westminster BC)

Parisa Sabet, composer (Toronto) and Nika Khanjani, librettist (Montreal)

Sonia Paço-Rocchia, composer (Laurentides QC) and Marie-Ève Bouchard, librettist (Saint-Jérôme QC)

Anna Pidgorna says:

Some good news: I am thrilled to finally announce that my sister Maria Reva and I are among the three librettist-composer teams chosen to participate in the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes program to develop new opera. We are so excited to be working together on a new opera that involves a cat, because we all need more cats in our lives these days.

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  • The stunning naivety of the initiative is breathtaking. This is the kind of thing that entirely undermines any idea of liberating female composers from stupid prejudice.

  • Congratulations.

    I hope the winners remember that “cat” includes: tigers, panthers, jaguars, cheetahs etc.

    Even one opera about a domesticated cat would be too much … and I like cats.

  • I’m glad whenever I hear contemporary composers are still writing opera. Considering that the human voice is central to the genre, I’m not worried that any cat will take center stage. My guess is there’ll be a lot more in here not hinted at in this funny teaser.

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