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Ladies’ Night

A pair of unsung composers finally find their voices.

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  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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