Victoria Bond on "Mrs. President, the Opera"

Lunch and Learn Series

Victoria Bond on \

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Composer and conductor Victoria Bond will speak about her opera, "Mrs. President." Based on the life of Victoria Woodhull who ran for President in 1872, the opera brings to life a little-known incident in American history and a woman who dared to take on the all-male establishment before women even had the vote. Woodhull was also the first woman to open a brokerage on Wall Street when she started Woodhull, Claflin and Co. with her sister, Tennessee, in 1870. The sisters used the proceeds from their brokerage business to publish their radical newspaper, Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly.

Victoria Bond is herself a woman of many firsts, being the first woman to graduate with a Doctorate in conducting from the prestigious Juilliard School and the first woman Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor to be placed with a major orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony.

The opera, "Mrs. President," will be premiered by the Anchorage Opera in October with a preview performance in New York at Symphony Space on July 9, 2012. Information about the opera can be found on the website:

$5 tickets may be purchased at the door and include admission to the Museum. Feel free to bring your lunch. For information call 212-908-4110 or e-mail