Patrons: Lucy Crowe, Fiona Maddocks, Katie Mitchell OBE, Christine Rice and Sarah Tynan


The under-representation of women in senior leadership roles - both creatively and administratively - is significant.


Our purpose is to explore the reasons for this imbalance and to find ways to champion and generate more opportunities for women in these roles.

...and parents

We aim to dismantle outdated attitudes towards the compatibility of parenthood and a career by:

  • Celebrating the great many role model opera parents managing to do both

  • Working with opera companies to find ways of updating their working practices to make a career in opera more accessible for people with families and dependants (men and women)

(data for graphic was collated by Donna Lennard. Please scroll down to * for more info)


* Charts to show female representation across the UK opera industry. This data was kindly collated by Donna Lennard from the 2017-2018 season and includes English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Grange Festival, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Mid-Wales Opera. If you wish to see further breakdown of this data please email info@swap-ra.org


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Percentage of male and female conductors in UK Opera companies