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Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera

opera seatsThe School of Music has established a new platform for interdisciplinary collaboration in opera research both within and beyond Cardiff University.

Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera (CIRO) was officially launched at the School’s Love to Death: Transforming Opera conference held at the Wales Millennium Centre in association with the Royal Musical Association.

Professor Rachel Cowgill, School of Music, said: “CIRO is an exciting way of bringing together the different strands of operatic expertise from both within the School of Music and from a range of other academic schools at Cardiff. It is also going to be a fruitful way of continuing and further developing our collaborations with Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales and other related external organisations.”

CIRO plans to host a programme of events each year, including seminars (with home, visiting and international speakers), workshops, reading sessions, and panel discussions. Bringing together such a diverse range of expertise will enrich individual work as well as leading to publications, new creative work, and funding applications for multi-and interdisciplinary research projects.

CIRO members are drawn from the Schools of Music, Social Sciences, English, Communication & Philosophy, Psychology, and European Languages, Translation & Politics. External organisations represented include Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, DARE (an Opera North/University of Leeds partnership), and Opera’r Ddraig.

Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera (CIRO)


Watch some behind-the-scenes interviews conducted by PhD student Fleur Bray at the recent Love to Death: Transforming Opera conference

Love to Death: Transforming Opera from Cardiff School of Music on Vimeo.