Opera by women in Australia: some data

Helen Rusak


This paper presents some data relating to women and their involvement in music composition in Australia in the latter part of the 20th century. It illustrates that the contribution by women to musical composition has not increased significantly, despite the efforts of feminists to improve women's position in the labour force. It also demonstrates that women have not been particularly prolific in composing large scale musical works, particularly opera, and seeks to explain this trend.


Opera, musical theatre; women composers; statistics

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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