Three DARE Collaborative PhDs create knowledge relevant to the needs of the cultural sector.

Responding to the need across the cultural sector for a research model to evaluate the impact of community engagement activity, an Opera North PhD Studentship was appointed to start in early 2018. “Opera North Education, exploring and measuring engagement, experience and impact” will focus on Opera North’s In Harmony programme.

“This PhD will bring valuable knowledge not just into Opera North, but also to our peers nationally and internationally.  As one of the supervisors, I will also learn much about the purpose and impact of research, using the findings to have a tangible impact on the work we produce for the In Harmony programme to reach its full potential.”  Charlotte Taylor, In Harmony Manager, Opera North.

We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Opera North further in the years to come, starting with our collaborative PhD which focuses on the value of educational outreach programmes such as In Harmony, and exploring other ways in which both organisations can benefit from our close working partnership.” Dr Karen Burland-Clark, Head of the School of Music, University of Leeds

Two earlier collaborative PhD studentships created knowledge that supports the development of opera as an artform.

“Jenny Daniels’ PhD research into ‘Compositional responses to source and libretto’ provided excellent insights that continue to inform creative thinking at Opera North.”  Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North.

Following studying for his PhD ‘J. N. von Poissl and the early 19th-Century quest for a typical German Opera’, at the University of Leeds, Opera North’s Head of Music co-developed and co-delivers a new Staging Opera module in the School of Music.




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