Engender is The Royal Opera’s initiative to change gender imbalance in opera and music theatre and drive towards gender equity in all areas of the opera field. The annual Engender festival celebrates the work of women and gender minorities in opera and provides a platform for relevant discussions with audiences.
On July 16 and 17, the festival presents "Mami Wata" - two concerts of of music from established British composers Bushra El-Turk and Errollyn Wallen, alongside music by Nkeiru Okoye, Lettie Beckon Alston, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Nahla Mattar, including UK premieres of unheard works.
Dorothy Rudd Moore's From the Dark Tower, for voice, cello, and piano, will be presented with staging elements.
Conceived by Alison Buchanan, Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera, Mami Wata illuminates rich and varied works from a range of established composers, in the spirit of Mami Wata (Mother Water), the artistic spirit celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic.
Sponsored by and funded by Arts Council England, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation.