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Popular Opera in Britain, Past and Present

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Event Date : 28 November 2015
Room 261,
Senate House,
Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HU

 

Oxford Brookes: Exploring Research Trends in Opera (OBERTO) presents:

Popular Opera in Britain, Past and Present

This study afternoon, open to members of the public, will consider opera’s status as a form of popular entertainment past and present. The aim of the event is to scrutinise and challenge stereotypes about opera being an ‘elitist’ activity.

In the first half of the afternoon Dr Alexandra Wilson (Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Paul Rodmell (University of Birmingham) will recreate the British operatic culture of a century ago, demonstrating that in the early twentieth century opera played to all social classes, enjoyed close connections with a range of different types of popular culture and resisted being pigeon-holed as ‘highbrow’ art. In the second half of the afternoon they will be joined by Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson (Royal College of Music), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Dr Cormac Newark (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and Dr John Snelson (Royal Opera House) for a round-table discussion of opera and popular culture today, debating whether the term ‘highbrow’ has any valid currency in the operatic context.

This OBERTO event has been organised in association with the Institute of Musical Research and funded by the British Academy.

Introduction by Dr Alexandra Wilson (Oxford Brookes University):

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Dr Paul Rodmell (University of Birmingham) – Opera for the people (all of them …)

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Dr Alexandra Wilson (Oxford Brookes University) – Opera and / as popular culture in 1920s Britain

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Round table discussion by Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson (Royal College of Music), Dr John Snelson (Royal Opera House), Dr Cormac Newark (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Benjamin Hulett (tenor); Chair: Dr Alexandra Wilson (Oxford Brookes University):

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