5th International “Music on Stage” conference



Opera Studies at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (UK)

Is pleased to announce:


The 5th International “Music on Stage” conference

This unique bi-annual event will be held at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent, U.K.

October 18-19th


Keynote speakers:

Professor Nicholas Till (Sussex University)

Professor of Opera and Music Theatre, Director and Leverhulme Research Fellow.

During a career as a theatre and opera director Nick worked for most of the main UK opera companies and worked as a writer and director of new works for the English National Opera Studio, Royal Opera Garden Venture, Stuttgart Opera, Festival Rhizome Rennes, DMCE Paris, etc. He also worked as a director of community and education projects in music, opera and theatre for Glyndebourne Opera, National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera, English National Opera etc. Since 1998 his artistic activities have included work as co-artistic director of the experimental music theatre company Post-Operative Productions, working in both performance and audio-visual installation. His theatre work is discussed in two chapters entitled ‘Per un teatro post-operistico. Adorno, Badiou, Till’’ and ‘Nicholas Till e l'(anti)manifesto’ in a new book by Francesco Ceraolo Registi All’Opera: Note sull’etstetica della regia operistica, published by Bulzoni (Rome) in 2011, which includes a complete translation into Italian of his 2004 manifesto for a post-operatic music theatre entitled “I don’t mind if something’s operatic, just as long as it’s not opera”.


Mary King (International mezzo-soprano)

Mary’s career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach and most recently broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world, and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire. During Mary’s long association with English National Opera, she devised and ran a highly successful performance skills course, ‘The Knack’, for eleven years, and between 2004 and 2006 she was also an Artistic Associate for the company. She is a regular guest presenter on BBC Radio 3 (Breakfast / Burnside / The Choir), and she has been one of the judges on the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition since 2006. In 2007 The Singer’s Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by the first two parts (English and French repertoire) of a projected series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach (Boosey & Hawkes). The German repertoire volume is in production.


Final call for Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Dr F Jane Schopf (Conference Chair)Fiona.schopf@bruford.ac.uk by June 21st. Papers will be 20 minutes duration.


Themes of papers might include: Opera, Opera and film, the Musical, performance practice, music in theatre.

Papers will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (subject to peer review)

The inclusive Conference fee is £100 GB