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Askren, Howard, and Patiño Receive Grants from Opera America

Three incredible UIA artists were named recipients of the 2024 Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors from OPERA America.


Grants were awarded to opera companies that are advancing the careers of stage directors and conductors. They included:


  • Beth Morrison Projects (Brooklyn, NY): Elizabeth Askren will conduct Sensorium Ex (Paola Prestini, composer; Brenda Shaughnessy, librettist)


  • Kentucky Opera (Louisville, KY): Kimille Howard will direct This Little Light of Mine (Chandler Carter, composer; Diana Solomon Glover, librettist)

  • Opera Colorado (Denver, CO): Chía Patiño will direct The Daughter of the Regiment (Gaetano Donizetti, composer; Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard, librettists)


Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors open doors for women artists by incentivizing professional opera companies of all sizes to engage women in key artistic roles. These hires enrich the production and performance of new operas and works from the inherited repertoire and inspire future generations of creative artists who identify as women. The initiative is generously supported by the Marineau Family Foundation as part of OPERA America’s commitment to improve gender parity in the field.



Elizabeth Askren, Kimille Howard, and Chía Patiño

are 2024 recipients of Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors

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