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The research process is traceable in the sketches for The Wandering Jew , which — along with the full score copy — have been acquired by the British Library, and are now accessible to scholars and the general public. The principal research challenge was in arriving at an operatic language suitable for a young audience; plot and music were developed during an extensive series of workshops and school events. Oxford researchers also play a prominent role in researching twentieth-century and contemporary opera.

Cross's research engages broadly with historical, aesthetic, dramatic and analytical issues in contemporary stage works, including a monograph on Birtwistle's landmark opera The Mask of Orpheus [3]. This is complemented by Burden's research interest in English opera and music theatre, the outcome of which has been explored on the stage with New Chamber Opera NCO, which he co-founded , including works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle.

His edition of Walton's one-act opera The Bear [4] resulted in a new public staging. Burden's principal area of research is in the English stage of the 18th century, which has led to such publications as his RMA monograph on Regina Mingotti's years at London's King's Theatre. He coordinates two databases on music on the London stage pre- and post Through his role as director of NCO, he is able to explore in practice on the stage the results of this research.

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Aspden, too, is an internationally recognised scholar of eighteenth-century opera as well as co- editor of the leading peer-reviewed Cambridge Opera Journal. Her research covers a range of issues surrounding performance and identity in opera, word and music interrelationships in vocal music, and particularly the career of Handel in England. Her long-standing research into Handel on the London stage culminated in the publication of the monograph The Rival Sirens [5]. The performance was the outcome of a decade's work by Williams reconstructing the score from diverse Parisian sources and studying French Baroque performance practices.

His edition has been published in the complete Rameau Urtext edition [6]. All books published within the Ashgate list are subject to peer review. Peer reviewed.

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Oxford Opera research has contributed to a significant broadening of the contemporary operatic audience. Public understanding and appreciation of the genre have been improved, and operatic works have thus been rendered accessible to those without formal musical education.

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Public engagement with opera has been enhanced through the recreation and promotion of historical performance modes, and new audiences have been engaged through specially designed target works for children and radio listeners. Aspden's research on Handel has informed frequent TV and Radio features throughout the census period.

The impact of Aspden's research, communicated to a wider public in this manner, is attested by her evident popularity with producers: she has been asked to return for further contributions to broadcasts and documentaries such as BBC4's The Symphony. The BBC Radio 3 programmes to which Cross regularly contributes achieve significant average listener reach of around 1. He is greatly valued by the BBC.

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One YouTube viewer commented: "Thx for this. I'm a late starter in opera. The discussion gives me the courage to approach OR - indeed, to listen to Stravinsky. With NCO, Burden has directed over thirty productions of works by, among others, Handel, Cimarosa, Mozart and Charpentier, springing directly from his research into the London stage. These productions have had a wide public reach annual audiences of c. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features.

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Starting from this misunderstanding, The Rival Sirens suggests that the rivalry fostered between the singers in s London was in large part a social construction, one conditioned by local theatrical context and audience expectations, and heightened by manipulations of plot and music. This book offers readings of operas by Handel and Bononcini as performance events, inflected by the audience's perceptions of singer persona and contemporary theatrical and cultural contexts.

Through examining the case of these two women, Suzanne Aspden demonstrates that the personae of star performers, as well as their voices, were of crucial importance in determining the shape of an opera during the early part of the eighteenth century. Other books in this series. Add to basket. The Rival Sirens Suzanne Aspden. Opera Acts Karen Henson. Verdi, Opera, Women Susan Rutherford.

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