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Meet our PhD supervisors: Dr Clair Rowden

Amanda VillepastourDr Rowden is a graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and City University where she completed her PhD in 2002 (Massenet, Marianne and Mary: Republican Morality and Catholic Tradition at the Opera)

Research Interests:
Nineteenth-century French music
Operatic staging and dance
Press iconography
Operatic parody

Her research activities range from music editing and archival study to microhistory and reception studies and include operatic staging and dance, iconography and gender. Clair is a member of the AHRC/IMR network 'Francophone Music Criticism 1789-1914' and is responsible for the preparation of on-line editions of various corpora of nineteenth-century French music criticism posted as part of the FMC's creation of a valuable web resource for researchers:

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Current projects


Selected publications:

Dr Rowden would be happy to consider applications from students considering postgraduate research in the following areas:

Opera and musical theatre (any aspects)
French and Italian nineteenth-century opera
French music and music in France in the long nineteenth century
Reception studies
Cultural studies dealing with France in the long nineteenth century

Postgraduate funding:

Interested in pursuing postgraduate research at one of the largest and most diverse music schools in the UK? The School of Music is currently offering three competitive Studentships that cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. More information on our funding opportunities is available at: