In late June, the Dallas Opera announced the participants in the Third Annual Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, scheduled to run Nov. 5-19 in Dallas, Texas. There were 161 applicants from 33 countries who competed this year for admission to the program, and Polish maestra Monika Wolińska was one of the six selected for this exclusive program. The distinguished faculty will include Marin Alsop, Nicole Paiement, Carlo Montanaro and Alex Treuhaft. Other women conductors in this year’s program include Alba Bomfim (Brazil), Mélisse Brunet (France), Linda Gonzales-Granados (USA/Colombia), Karin Hendrikson (USA), and Carolyn Watson (USA/Australia).
The Hart Institute for Women Conductors is a unique residential program that seeks to provide training and career support for the most talented women conductors. The sessions will include leading concerts of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, seminars in career advancement and administration, as well as a five-year program of summer master classes with pianists and singers.
We congratulate Monika Wolińska on this well-deserved honor and look forward to her conquering of opera stages in Dallas and elsewhere across the globe!