Opera traditionally has the reputation of being elitist and irrelevant in today’s world. Alexandra Wilson, Professor of Music and Cultural History, is determined to change that.
Over the past 20 years her research on opera’s hidden history as a form of popular entertainment has been instrumental in changing public perceptions and overturning negative stereotypes.
One of the world’s leading authorities on how opera is received and its cultural contexts, her work has also driven change within the opera industry. Company managers, singers and journalists have used her work to respond to challenges facing the industry today, and to find fresh ways of presenting opera to 21st-century audiences.