Study with us
At Oxford Brookes University we offer opportunities for the study of opera at all levels, but particularly at Masters and Doctoral level. Some general information about Music at Brookes can be found here.
Undergraduates studying for a BA (Hons) in Music have the opportunity to take the modules ‘Opera and Politics’ and ‘Special Study in Musicology’ (which often has an operatic focus) as part of a broad-based degree in Music. Many of our students write dissertations on operatic topics. Recent undergraduate dissertations have investigated the impact of the French Revolution on opera; Puccini’s women; and musical characterisation in Mozart’s operas.
More information about our undergraduate programme can be found here.
MA in Music
Two of the pathways on the MA in Music at Oxford Brookes allow students to specialise in opera. The pathway ‘Music in 19th-Century Culture’ allows students to study opera within the context of a broader examination of 19th-century music and its role in society. Students following the pathway ‘Music on Stage and on Screen’ have the opportunity to explore correlations between opera and film music.
Students on both pathways explore recent critical thinking about the creation, performance and reception of opera and have the opportunity to write an extended dissertation on an opera-related topic of their choice. Recent MA dissertations have examined the use of opera in Pretty Woman and Fatal Attraction; contrasting approaches to the staging of Verdi’s Aida; and issues surrounding the broadcasting of opera on the BBC from the 1920s to the present.
Opera students have an opportunity to go on the annual opera trip (usually to hear ENO in London). They automatically become members of OBERTO and have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of extra-curricular talks and activities that complement their studies.
More information about our MA programme can be found here. There are sometimes opportunities for prospective students to apply for Oxford Brookes scholarships to help fund their studies.
OBERTO staff warmly welcome enquiries from applicants interested in studying for a PhD. Doctoral supervision is available in a wide variety of opera-related topics from the nineteenth century to the present day, with special emphasis on the German, Italian and British repertories, the reception of opera, and opera’s cultural and political contexts.
We currently have doctoral students working on the representation and reception of male opera singers in nineteenth-century Britain, on representations of masculinity in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and on the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan. Some general information about postgraduate research in Music at Oxford Brookes can be found here.
For further enquiries about any of these opportunities, please contact Alexandra Wilson.