Dr Annelies Andries

Prize Fellow in Music, Magdalen College

PhD (Yale University)

Research

Annelies is a cultural historian of music focusing on on music, theatre, and politics in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). Her major interests are opera and other music theatre genres; staging and performance practice; politics, militarism, and war; and gender studies.

BACKGROUND

After receiving a B.A. in vocal performance from the Royal Conservatory in her native city Antwerp (Belgium), Annelies studied musicology at the Catholic University of Leuven and the Humboldt University in Berlin. She completed her PhD at Yale University. Her doctoral work investigated how history was represented through opera in France during Napoleon I’s reign (1799-1815). She is currently transforming this work into a book, provisionally titled ‘Staging History for the Future: The Opéra in Napoleon’s Paris’. In addition to her music studies, she worked as an assistant dramaturge at Opera Flanders (2010-2011) and still writes programme notes for various European opera and concert venues.

In her post-doctoral research, Annelies explores the intersections between war, music, and theatre in Britain and France from the French Revolution to the Crimean War (1789–1856). She focuses specifically on popular theatre (such as equestrian mass spectacles, comic opera, vaudeville) and how its production and circulation impacted the nineteenth-century imaginary of war and the dissemination of ideologies of militarism as interconnected with nationalism, colonialism, and trauma. While her doctoral research was largely focused on France, her new project also interrogates the mobility of theatre, whether it concerns its physical circulation or more imaginary forms of movement. To this end, she is collaborating with Dr. Clare Siviter (Bristol) on a project entitled ‘Theatre on the move in times of conflict, 1750-1850’, supported among others by a British Academy\Leverhulme Small Research Grant. The project started off with a conference at Magdalen College (18th-19th September 2019).

Annelies has experience teaching music history and musicianship courses. She especially likes delving into materials interrogating the links between music, politics, and war, or the intersections between performance and gender. She taught a Master’s Elective Course on music and war (2019); and this academic year, she will teach the Master’s Elective ‘“Diva”: Female Singers in the Last Century’. She is also a tutor at Magdalen College for the undergraduate course ‘Musical Thought and Scholarship’.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Andries, A. ‘Past and Present United through the Arts: Staging the Nation in Le Sueur’s Ossian (1804)’, in Cambridge Opera Journal (Under Review).

Andries A. ‘Pariser Fastenzeit-Opern und Oratorien: Zwischen Sentimentalität und Spektakel’. In Moïse (Rossini in Wildbad, Belcanto Opera Festival 2018), ed. Reto Müller, 8-13. (Grafenau: Penso Pr, 2018).

Andries A. ‘Pariser Fastenzeit-Opern und Oratorien: Zwischen Sentimentalität und Spektakel’. In Moïse (Rossini in Wildbad, Belcanto Opera Festival 2018), ed. Reto Müller, 8-13. (Grafenau: Penso Pr, 2018).

Andries A. and Katherine Hambridge. ‘Music, Women, and the Allure of Napoleon’. In The Allure of Napoleon: Essays Inspired by the Collections of The Bowes Museum, ed. Thomas Stammers, 19-22. (The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 2017).

Andries, A. ‘Porta, Bernardo’. In Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Vol. 85 (2016), ed. Lorenzo Bianconi et al. http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/bernardo-porta_(Dizionario-Biografico)/

CONTACT

Dr. Annelies Andries
Magdalen College
High Street
Oxford
OX1 4AU

annelies.andries@magd.ox.ac.uk