In 2011 my colleague Barbara Eichner and I set up an opera research unit at Oxford Brookes University, OBERTO (‘Oxford Brookes: Exploring Research Trends in Opera’). OBERTO acts as a forum for events, publications and funding bids. We have a particular interest in fostering the careers of early-career researchers and have hosted visiting academics. PhD and MA students at Brookes with an interest in opera take a hand in running our activities.
We hold an OBERTO day conference each September. The conference topics to date have been:
- New approaches to opera reception studies (2011)
- Operatic masculinities (2012)
- Staging operatic anniversaries (2013)
- Beyond Black Tie and Bubbly: Rescuing Opera from Stereotypes (2014)
We also organise public lectures, as well as seminars, workshops and opera trips for our students.
The OBERTO website can be found at http://obertobrookes.com/. Staff and research students discuss a variety of topics on the OBERTO blog.