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Dr Barbara Gentili

Dr Barbara Gentili

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Ysgol Cerddoriaeth


I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. My research interests focus on the cultural history of Italian opera and operatic singing in the period 1860 - 1930; the cultural, technological and commercial impacts of early recordings; music autoethnography. My academic work is informed by my own performance practice as a stage and concert soprano.

I have written on the topics of newly-emerging aesthetics of singing, recorded vocal performance in the pre-electrical era, turn-of-the-twentieth-century singers of the Italian tradition, and a/r/tography in a number of collected volumes and first-rank academic journals, including Music & Letters and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Non-academic writing includes performance reviews and opinion-articles for leading British and Italian music periodicals such as The Spectator, Opera Magazine, Il giornale della musica and OperaClick.

Before joining Cardiff University I co-ordinated a research project on the interconnections between Humanities and Creative Arts Practice for the Humanities Research Institute at Newcastle University,  I also taught History of Western classical music in Undergraduate courses and supervised Master students in performance projects at the Royal College of Music (London).

My performance activity has become research-led since my PhD and currently includes a multi-media project based on the life and career of the Italian composer Francesco Paolo Tosti.