The University of Leeds and Opera North bring a wealth of expertise in the theory and practice of opera and theatre and their cultural context. Our research programme combines traditional research and scholarship in the arts, sciences and technology, and practice-based or practice-led research.

We aim to be the world leaders in:

  • Research into opera
  • Research through opera
  • Research for opera

The first DARE Research Agenda was created in May 2010, with a commitment to undertake research that increases and shares knowledge about opera, informs thinking and practice in opera and develops audiences for opera, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The agenda’s key themes were developed at a cross-organisational research seminar when over 50 participants from across the academic and artistic spectrum came together to explore areas of common interest and initiate activity – a kind of ‘speed-date’ to connect researchers and practitioners around issues facing the sector and relevant to Opera North’s business plan.

Themes include:

  • The scope for Opera North to become a ‘Teaching Theatre’
  • The role of conservatoires in relation to the musical life of the country
  • Music and mental health: autism and opera
  • The science of watching an opera
  • The value of opera in a city
  • Perceptions of opera in the media
  • Digital communications

Here are just a few of the research initiatives to date: –

Collaborative PhDs

Performing Violence

Operatic Encounters: Common Voices

The Opera North Archive

Location Planning

Impact of legislation on musicians