One of the works to be performed in the new season of the Metropolitan Opera, it was announced this week, was composed by a woman.
And the big deal is?
It will be just the second opera by a female composer to ever be performed at the Met. The first was in 1903.
The opera soon to have its Met premiere is “L’Amour de Loin,” by the contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The opera performed in 1903 was “Der Wald,” by Ethel M. Smyth, an Englishwoman and friend of Virginia Woolf’s. The libretto, also written by Miss Smyth, was a kind of folk tale that involved peasants, wood nymphs, a primeval forest, noble huntsmen, poachers and, of course, young lovers who die in the end.
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