Music on Stage Conference

The Music on Stage Conference is a regular research event, which attracts scholars and speakers from across the world. Information about future conferences will be posted here.

We were delighted to welcome Professor Tim Carter from the University of North Carolina as our distinguished keynote speaker for our sixth bi-ennial Music on Stage conference on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016.


Please click here for full details about the 2016 Conference.


Music on Stage Conference History

The conference series was started by Dr Jane Schopf (pictured) in 2006 as a development of the BA (Hons) Opera Studies programme at Rose Bruford College.

Keynotes: Prof. Nick Till (Sussex) and Mary King (Fellow Rose Bruford College)
34 papers presented
17 Papers published in Music on Stage Vol. 2 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2016)

Keynotes: Errollyn Wallen (composer) and Dr Nicholas Baragwanath (Nottingham)
28 papers presented
15 Papers published in Music on Stage, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Keynote: Dr Michael Burden, Opera Fellow, New College, Oxford
26 papers presented
Papers published in Studies in Musical Theatre, Intellect Press

From the second conference onwards the title of the conference became Music on Stage with three strands of Opera, the Musical and Performance Practice with emphasis on interdisciplinarity.
Students performed two chamber operas by Richard Arnell Moonflowers and Love in Transit.
Keynote: Ralph Koltai, International Theatre Designer
22 papers presented

The first conference centred on Wagner.
Keynote Dr Klaus Döge, Head of the New Wagner Edition, Munich.
10 papers presented
Papers published individually by authors