We are delighted to announce the dates for our seventh bi-annual international, interdisciplinary Music On Stage Conference.

This year we are hosting a dedicated stream for Opera for Children with guest speakers from ROH Youth Opera, ENO Opera Squad, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Shaw Farm Opera, and the composers John Webb and Lewis Murphy. There will also be papers on our usual streams sf opera, music theatre and performance practice.

This is the first time an academic institution has held a forum for children’s opera in all its guises, so do come and join us for what promises to be a fascinating, rewarding and enlightening weekend!

2018 Music On Stage Conference

Confirmed speakers include:

  • ENO Opera Squad
  • Glyndebourne Youth Opera
  • Lewis Murphy – composer in residence at Glyndebourne
  • John Webb – composer (ENO commissions)
  • James Flecker and Eleanor Marshall Shaw Farm Opera
  • Ally Ross – Snappy Opera

Please click here to view the full schedule. 

Dates: Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2018
Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent, 

Delegate Fee: £100 (including lunches)
Student discount:  £80 (including lunches)


Papers being presented:

Ruth Harley (Bournemouth University)
Engaging Young People in Opera

Rhian Hutchings and Cath Barton (Operasonic)
Operasonic: working with the opera makers of the future

Kristi Brown-Montesano (Colburn Conservatory of Music, LA)
Opera as Contemporary Edutainment: Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon

Dr Joseph Toltz (University of Sydney)
Hans Krása’s opera Brundibár

Dr Karl Katschthaler (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
Post internet opera? The aesthetic of Jennifer Walshe’s youth opera Die Taktik

Dr Maia Sigua (Tblisi Conservatoire, Georgia)
Children, Opera and Politics in Soviet Georgia

Laura Milburn (University of Sheffield)
Pacific 1860: An Operetta With Political Undertones

Dr Christiane Plank (University of Munich)
Storytelling in Contemporary Music-Theatre

Alejandro Postigo (Anglia Ruskin)
The zarzuela is a lyric-dramatic genre

Scott M. Hayes (Liberty University)
“Things Are Seldom What They Seem”: Using Burke’s Pentad to Analyze Arthur Sullivan’s Motivations While Composing H.M.S. Pinafore


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