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Professor Alexandra Wilson


Alexandra Wilson is Professor of Music and Cultural History at Oxford Brookes University and currently holds a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. Her research interests focus primarily upon 19th- and early 20th-century opera and operatic culture. She is the author of Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain, recently published by Oxford University Press. Her first book was the prize-winning The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press).

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 many opera companies in the UK and abroad. Her book Opera: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld) seeks to demystify opera and demonstrate its relevance to contemporary life.

Alexandra sings with two local choirs: vOx Chamber Choir and Opus 48.