I am currently a PhD candidate in Classics at the University of Warwick, having obtained BA (Hons) in Humanities with Music and Classical Studies from the Open University (2005), and an MA in Classics from Durham University (2006).
During summer 2007 I was based at the John W. Kluge Research Center at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, on an AHRC-funded scholarship.
About My Research
Department: Classics and Ancient History
Supervisor: Dr Daniel Orrells
Thesis Title: The Antigone Myth in Eighteenth-Century Opera: From Conflict to Concord
My research is concerned with the use of models drawn primarily from classical tragedy in eighteenth-century opera seria. The study focuses on settings of the Antigone myth, beginning with Orlandini's Antigona (Venice, 1718), set to a libretto by Benedetto Pasqualigo, and culminating with Francesco Basili's setting of Gaetano Rossi's libretto (Venice, 1799). My approach is interdisciplinary, involving analysis of both scores and libretti, in addition to a close reading of their classical sources, and research into the philosophical, historical, and social contexts surrounding each opera's first performance.
Year Started: 2006
Funding: Arts and Humanities Research Council