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Suzanne Aspden

Associate Professor, Faculty of Music

Suzanne Aspden is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music and Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.  Her research centres on opera and dramatic music of the eighteenth century, and on the ways in which this music facilitates the expression of identity, whether national, personal, or dramatic.  Her book, The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel’s Operatic Stage (Cambridge, 2013), examines the connection between dramatic persona and identity for female singers in the 1720s-30s.  A monograph currently in progress, on music and national identity in 18th-century Britain, will offer another approach to these themes, as will a conference she will host in September 2017 on 'Representing Interiority in Eighteenth-Century Opera'.  An edited volume on the cultural geography of the opera house, Operatic Geographies, is to be published by Chicago University Press in 2018.

She is a member of the steering committee for the TORCH Women in Humanities programme.