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Ladies’ Night

A pair of unsung composers finally find their voices.

  1. 1. “The Wreckers”

    September 30 at Avery Fisher Hall

    Dame Ethel Smyth counted Brahms, Grieg, and Britten among her friends. Her 1906 opera—considered a pre­cursor to Britten’s modern master­work, Peter Grimes—now gets the grand presentation it deserves.

  2. 2. “Julia”

    September 26 and 29 at Symphony Space

    Julia Ward Howe may be called “one-note Julia” for her single famed work—“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”—but composer Henry Papale gets quite a few more into this opera about Howe and her devotion to Civil War–era radicalism.


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