The Northern Opera Research Network (NORN) was established for the fostering and dissemination of multidisciplinary collaborative research in opera.

With its constitutive elements of literature, drama, music, scenography, choreography, and so on, opera offers an ideal platform for bringing a range of different disciplines into dialogue, including music, performance studies, sociology, policy research, history/historiography, philosophy, politics, drama, etc.  NORN seeks to facilitate such creative, academic interactions through study days, conferences, workshops, and performances.

NORN aims to develop understandings of opera from historical as well as contemporary perspectives, and by exploring practice-related aspects of the operatic experience.  Members of NORN are based in institutions in the north of the British Isles and engage regularly with operatic production, particularly with the work of Opera North.

NORN held its inaugural conference, Operatic Immersions, at the Universities of Huddersfield and Leeds on 22-23 April 2016, coinciding with Opera North’s Leeds Town Hall performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

Steering Group

Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)

Sarah Hibberd (University of Nottingham)

Kara McKechnie (University of Leeds)


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