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Alexandra Wilson


Dr Alexandra Wilson is a musicologist and cultural historian, with research interests focusing primarily upon 19th- and early 20th-century opera and operatic culture. Her monograph The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the American Musicological Society's Lewis Lockwood Award for a work of outstanding musical scholarship.

Committed to sharing the findings of her research with a wider public, Alexandra has presented numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and written programme essays and given educational talks for the Royal Opera and other opera companies in the UK and abroad. Her second book,Opera: A Beginner's Guide, seeks to demystify opera and demonstrate its relevance to contemporary life.

At Brookes, Alexandra runs the MA in Music, which offers a pathway in 19th-century music, and co-directs the OBERTO opera research unit. She sings locally with the Oxford Bach Choir.