With “energetic and precise gestures, a confidence that seduces irresistibly” (paris.fr), Elizabeth Askren “imposes through assurance and genuineness… creating an atmosphere specific to unforgettable evenings” (Faclia).  Her versatile scope in both symphonic and lyric repertoire, informed musical research, and passion as a pedagogue and community-builder have developed a multi-faceted and socially engaged career that is redefining the modern conductor.


Recent and upcoming performances include débuts in Europe with Romania’s Transylvanian State Philharmonic, the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, and France’s Victor Hugo Franche-Comté orchestra featuring soloists Sophie Dervaux (Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera…) and Félix Dervaux (Amsterdam Concertgebouw), and in the United States with Kentucky Opera, the Dallas Opera, and Hawaii Opera Theatre.

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In the 2019-2020 season, between Los Angeles Opera, The Dallas Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, there are 53 conductor engagements. Of those 53 conductor appearances, five will be women.

"Historically speaking, it's a man on the podium leading an orchestra," said Lis...


By David Salazar

For five years, the Dallas Opera’s Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors has done something that few other major companies have done – champion women conductors.

The program, the first ever designed to meet the needs of women opera conducto...

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