Opera & varsity collaboration

Published: 22 May 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Elin Pritchard in Cunning Little Vixen for Opera North Credit: Tristram Kenton

Opera North and Newcastle University have announced a new three-year collaboration, to transform performance and audience accessibility through an exchange between academic research and the operatic stage.

Aims include measuring audience responses to opera using neuroscience, and an all-embracing exploration of the voice on the stage, from vocal health to the representation of marginalized voices.

Among the outcomes, a new podcast brings together academics from the University with Opera North staff, and a collaborative doctoral award gives a PhD student the chance to work with both organisations on innovating captioning and surtitles.

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