#7: Short(ish) notes on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

We’re reviewing the opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell (composer) and Emma Jenkins (librettist). The opera sets out to tell the stories of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper, in a bid to get away from what Jenkins describes as ‘patriarchal’ opera narratives told ‘from a male perspective’. We’re looking at how successful we think the opera was at managing this, and the problems and possibilities of writing feminist opera.

If you’d like to listen to the opera, it’s being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18th May at 18.30 (it’ll be available online here). We’d love to know whether you agree with us, so do tweet us your thoughts @notes_podcast, leave a comment below, or email us at notesonnotespodcast@gmail.com.

The BBC also has a picture gallery from the opera available here.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).