Creative director and founder of all-Aussie group The 7 Sopranos, Tarita Botsman, is empowering women in music all over the world.
“It’s acapella, seven women on stage, using the voices the way they do, it’s kind of astonishing,” she said.
Since their inception in 2009, Tarita envisioned reaching a new generation of audiences, including regional crowds.
“I wanted to make it as relevant and contemporary and accessible all at the same time and challenge the status quo of how classical music is perceived,” she said.
But with it comes challenges and as an opera singer herself, Tarita finds women who take time out of their career for motherhood can face the forefront of difficulties.
“The challenge for me has been enabling my own independent practice and standing up for the fact that I am valid even though I’ve taken time out of my career to have children,” she said.
“Just having to constantly fight status quo that if you take time out of your career you are somehow lesser and just say, ‘No I’m a better singer, I’m a better performer, I’m a better director,’ because of that experience,” she added.
Tarita began studying in Australia but moved to Europe to finish her Masters where she started performing, a few years later, she started a family.
“It was when I started a family that I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s so much easier for male opera singers to go away and commit to a six week contract’, so I had to find a way to utilise my skills, fit my brief and still be a mum,” she said.
So how does she juggle everything? She doesn’t, Tarita says she merges them and tries to create a flow between her roles.
“Discipline is a huge part of that, knowing where your priorities lie and knowing what’s important at any given day but I also try and rather than say ‘Now I’m a mother, now I’m a creative director, now I’m an opera singer’ I really try and let each of them influence the other so I become a better person as a whole,” she said.
In what seems a world-wide movement towards acceptance for women as leaders, Tarita still says, “Clawing your way back to finding a position for yourself after having children is a challenge for every woman, and it takes time and persistence and you often have to smash a few glass ceilings on the way.”
Despite looking forward to lots of overseas adventures and an album coming out mid-year Tarita says The 7 Sopranos are really excited to return to a glorious Dubbo audience for their Valentines Tour, for more information, visit www.drtcc.com.au.