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Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera (CIRO)

Opera Royal VersaillesThe 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 in May 2012 at the School’s Love to Death: Transforming Opera conference held at the Wales Millennium Centre in association with the Royal Musical Association.

In May 2013, CIRO offered a one-day symposium, 'Stages of Death: Men, Women and Suffering in Opera and Ballet', as part of the University's Before I Die Festival of the Humanities. The day was a collaboration between opera researchers and practitioners from Cardiff University, WNO, Leeds University and the School of Music's Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Rob Fokkens.

In May 2014, the School hosted an international interdisciplinary symposium on Translation in Music which brought together opera and translation practitioners with academics, sparking lively and stimulating debate on surtitles, the accessibility of opera, the translation of popular music within a multi-disciplinary framework and the ethics of translation. Plans are also in train for a joint conference with WNO on Opera and the First World War in summer 2016

Members of CIRO have also contributed to discussion panels in the series 'David Pountney in Conversation', run by Welsh National Opera.

CIRO hosts 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 enriches 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.


For a full list of members, click here.