Research Report

The reception and politicisation of Puccini’s operas


Dr Alexandra Wilson’s research on the reception of Puccini’s operas was disseminated to a large non-specialist, international audience, principally via numerous opera house programme essays, but also via radio broadcasts, pre-performance talks, a podcast and a book for general readers. Accessible yet authoritative, her research on the historical contexts of Puccini’s operas has transformed the way in which they are written about for a general audience, challenging outdated stereotypes. Her work has deepened audience understanding, particularly of Puccini’s lesser-known works, encouraging audiences to explore other unfamiliar repertory. It has helped both operatic newcomers and seasoned audience members to engage more effectively with the art-form as a whole and influenced the way in which opera is written about in the media.

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WIlson, A (Oxford Brookes University)

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment\School of Arts


Year of publication: 2013
Date of RADAR deposit: 2014-12-18

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