Opera Research Unit (OBERTO)

Group Leaders: Professor Alexandra Wilson, Dr Barbara Eichner

Contact: oberto@brookes.ac.uk

About us

OBERTO - named after Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera - is the opera research unit at Oxford Brookes University, providing a forum for the investigation of opera in all of its interdisciplinary richness. We explore:

  • the history, performance and reception of opera
  • opera’s political, social and cultural contexts
  • critical debates about opera both historical and contemporary.

We hold an annual day conference each September, as well as organising lectures and seminars by visiting academics and opera industry professionals. OBERTO also acts as a hub for the rich programme of opera-related teaching at Oxford Brookes, from undergraduate to doctoral levels. 

Visit the OBERTO website

Woman singing in an opera

Related courses

  • Arts (MPhil / PhD / PhD by Published Work)
  • Music (MA / PGDip / PGCert)
  • Music (BA (Hons))


Alexandra Wilson

Professor Alexandra Wilson

Professor of Music and Cultural History

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Barbara Eichner

Dr Barbara Eichner

Reader in Music

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Image credits

Cinquantasette, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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