Staff Profile: Dr F. Jane Schopf, Programme Director

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  • Dr F. Jane Schopf, Programme Director

  • Teaching Area:

    Opera Studies

  • Qualifications:

    PhD in Music; BA (Hons) Music.

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Professional Practice:

    Director of Music, W3

  • External Duties:

    Examiner, Music and Composition (Diploma and Fellowship), Trinity College, London.


Dr F. Jane Schopf studied at the University of Leeds where she gained a scholarship to study conducting with Vernon Handley before winning a three-year scholarship to the Musik Academie in Vienna for organ and church music. After a lengthy performing career in America she returned to England to the University of Birmingham for her doctorate, 'Gender Constructs in Richard Wagner'. Previous to her current post she was Lecturer in Music at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Birmingham. She has lectured widely throughout the UK and has published articles and chapters on Wagner and Krenek.  She has edited the entire Opera Studies programme in its new format and runs the biennial 'Music on Stage' conferences at Rose Bruford College, editing the published papers. Outside opera and choral music Jane’s  interests include early music (recorder and Viola da gamba) and North Indian music, both of which she has studied extensively.



‘Die Freen’: paper presented to Manchester Wagner Society (2013); 'Dido and Medea', paper presented to Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2012); 'Musical responses to lamentations', in Robin A. Parry and Heath A. Thomas, eds, Great If Thy Fathfulness? (Pickwick Publications, 2010); guest editor of Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 4, 1, 2010; 'The young Wagner', lecture presented at the Royal Opera House (2010).


Music on Stage

An exciting volume of papers from our biennial Music on Stage conference has just been published by Cambridge Scholars Press ("Music on Stage" edited by Fiona Jane Schopf) covering historic opera, the musical and performance practice by thirteen scholars from around the world. Chapters include a debate on Regieoper and Werktreue, the real genesis of Wagner's Wotan,  Rimsky-Korsakov,  Nono's "Prometeo", animals in opera, bel canto training, the role and training of actor musicians, Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George", Steve Reich's "The Cave", music on Spanish television and Spanish Copla. Something for everyone!

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