Boatswain's Mate CD of the Month in new Opera Magazine

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Boatswain’s Mate CD of the Month in new Opera Magazine

We are very pleased to announce that The Boatswain’s Mate – the Smyth CD which has just been released is now CD of the month for the new Opera Magazine.
To read the review – please click here.

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Retrospect Opera announces Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate

Retrospect Opera is pleased to announce the release of its debut recording, the first complete recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s most popular opera, The Boatswain’s Mate, conducted by Smyth specialist Odaline de la Martinez.

The Boatswain’s Mate proved the most popular of all the early twentieth-century British operas, making use of folk music to depict something of realistic rural life. Smyth’s suffragette anthem, The March of the Women, is significantly incorporated into the overture, and nursery rhymes and folk tunes are utilised in the main body of the work.

Smyth prepared two versions of her score, one for full and one for reduced orchestra, itself with two versions, small and smaller. We are using the smaller reduced version as The Boatswain’s Mate is a small-scale work, ideally suited for smaller companies and venues. Smyth clearly wanted it to be a popular work and regarded the reduced orchestral versions as essential for its wider cultural diffusion.

One of the liveliest and most enterprising musical personalities on the International music scene, Cuban American Odaline de la Martinez pursues a demanding and successful career. Brought up and educated in the USA, she settled in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1984, Martinez became the first woman to conduct a BBC Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then she has been invited to the Proms regularly, including a special performance in 1994 of Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers.

A review of the CD can be found here.

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London Festival of American Music

Cuban conductor and composer Odaline de la Martinez announces the programme for the 6th London Festival of American Music, with a focus on female composers and performers.

The Festival will showcase works by both male and female composers, with an unusually high percentage of works by the latter (50%). Martinez has also programmed a significant number of premieres – 19 UK premieres and 7 world premieres – throughout the festival.

Martinez initiated the festival ten years ago and it has since become a biennial fixture to celebrate contemporary American music in the UK. The aim of the festival is to promote the work of outstanding American composers, well established in the States but less known to UK audiences.

To find out more, please click here to view the full press release.

Further up-to-date information will be posted on our Facebook page.

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CD of piano music by Ernesto Nazareth

We are pleased to announce the release of Portrait of Rio on the Lontano record label, Lorelt. This CD features piano music by Ernesto Nazareth, the first classical Afro-Brazilian composer, performed by Clelia Iruzun and can be purchased here.

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Publications section

We have now set up a publications section in the Lorelt website where you can purchase scores. Currently available is a new edition of Ethel Smyth’s Symphonic Serenade edited by artistic director of Lontano, Odaline de la Martinez, with many more works to be added soon. Scores and parts are available as both downloads and hard copies here.

This initiative is supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust and Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.Ambache_logo_and_strap

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Opera Ebony produce video of Imoinda

We are delighted to announce that, with the help of funding from Opera America, African-American Opera company Opera Ebony will be producing a video of Imoinda, the first part of Odaline de la Martinez’s Slavery Trilogy. The sequel to this trilogy, The Crossing was premiered in November 2014 to a sold out audience in London.

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International Women’s Day Concert

We are always delighted to celebrate the work of women composers who we have been championing since our inception in 1976.

On 8th March 2015,  Lontano were delighted to take part in a breakfast concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in celebration of International Women’s Day and featuring an all female programme, including music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clare Schumann, Caroline Shaw, Elena Ruehr and Odaline de la Martinez.

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Lontano perform Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate

Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, will record Ethel Smyth’s seminal opera The Boatswain’s Mate for Retrospect Opera in September 2015.

Martinez is a known champion of Smyth’s work, having previously conducted a highly acclaimed recording of her opera The Wreckers, the only of Smyth’s operas to be recorded in its entirety.

This new recording will provide an opportunity to bring Smyth’s work to a wider audience and allow her work to receive the recognition it deserves.

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Odaline de la Martinez receives Opera America Award

Odaline de la Martinez has received a prestigious Opera America Award to fund the production of a film based on her opera Imoinda. 

Imoinda (2005-2008) tells the story of the history of slavery and birth of Afro-Caribbean culture and was originally commissioned by the Caribbean Women Writers’ Alliance of the United Kingdom (CWWA), with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It represents the first part of de la Martinez’s Slavery Trilogy with the sequel The Crossing premiered in 2014. All parts of the trilogy have a libretto written by Joan Anim-Addo.

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Fringe Opera article on The Crossing

Fringe Opera interview Odaline de la Martinez about the world’s first Afro-Cuban opera.

To view the full article, please click here.