We’re reviewing the opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell (composer) and Emma Jenkins (librettist). The opera sets out to tell the stories of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper, in a bid to get away from what Jenkins describes as ‘patriarchal’ opera narratives told ‘from a male perspective’. We’re looking at how successful we think the opera was at managing this, and the problems and possibilities of writing ‘feminist’ opera.Read More #7: Short(ish) notes on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel
In this episode I’m with Professor Alexandra Wilson from Oxford Brookes University. We’re talking about her new book Opera in the Jazz Age, exploring opera’s “elitism” label and how opera’s depicted in film.
Alexandra Wilson is Professor of Music and Cultural History at Oxford Brookes University and the current recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. She is the author of three books: The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Opera: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2010), and Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Professor Wilson has a high profile as a public musicologist. She has presented numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 (including Opera on 3, Building a Library and Proms concerts), and was recently called ‘a real ambassador for opera’ on Radio 4’s PM programme. She regularly writes programme essays, gives talks, and/or contributes to podcasts for opera companies including the Royal Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, ENO, Wexford Festival Opera and English Touring Opera. She has written for Opera magazine and BBC Music Magazine.Read More #6: An Interview with Alexandra Wilson
In today’s Short Notes, we’re heading to Sweden. Leah and Simon are investigating the life and music of Amanda Maier. She was a violinist and composer, and the first woman to graduate as a Director of Music from the Swedish Royal Academy.Read More #5: Short(ish) Notes on Amanda Maier
Tess is an award winning Bristol, UK-based composer for film, television and video games. We’re chatting about how video game music’s written, how to score a film using the sound of a dog eating biscuits (?!), and Tess gives her tips and tricks for composing video game music.Read More #4: An Interview with Tess Tyler
If you were wandering around Queen Elizabeth I’s England, what kind of music might you have heard? In this episode, Leah and Simon take a trip through music history to find out. We’ll be visiting the courts, private homes, and taking on some Elizabethan poetry…Read More #3: Short(ish) Notes on Queen Elizabeth I
Today I’m with conductor Simone Menezes, talking about her career from starting out playing the flute to founding the Camerata Latino Americana.Read More #2: An Interview with Simone Menezes
How did you stage an avalanche in a nineteenth century theatre? This week I’m with Professor Sarah Hibberd from the University of Bristol, to explore this question and more as we dive into the history of theatrical melodrama. We’re looking at how music would have been used in melodrama, and how it shaped the drama unfolding on stage.Read More #1: An Interview with Sarah Hibberd
Podcasts will be coming soon, from 8th March 2019. Stay tuned!!Read More Podcasts