Opera Research Unit (OBERTO)

Group Leaders: Professor Alexandra Wilson, Dr Barbara Eichner

Contact: oberto@brookes.ac.uk

Opera Research Unit (OBERTO)

OBERTO – named after Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera – is the opera research unit at Oxford Brookes University, providing a forum for the investigation of opera in all of its interdisciplinary richness. We explore:

  • the history, performance and reception of opera
  • opera’s political, social and cultural contexts
  • critical debates about opera both historical and contemporary.

We hold an annual day conference each September, as well as organising lectures and seminars by visiting academics and opera industry professionals. OBERTO also acts as a hub for the rich programme of opera-related teaching at Oxford Brookes, from undergraduate to doctoral levels. 

Related courses


Professor Alexandra Wilson
Professor of Music and Cultural History
Dr Barbara Eichner
Reader in Music
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