Dr Annelies Andries

Prize Fellow in Music, Magdalen College

PhD (Yale University)


Annelies’s research focuses 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.


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 the competing manners of representing history through opera in France during Napoleon I’s reign (1799-1815). She is currently transforming it into a book, provisionally titled ‘Sorting out History: Operatic Spectacle in Napoleon’s Paris’. In addition to her music studies, she worked as an assistant dramaturge at Opera Flanders (2010-2011) and continues to engage with the performance world as a freelance writer of program notes.

Her current research project explores the use of military music in theatre in France, Britain, and Prussia from the French Revolution to the Franco-Prussian War (1789-1871), and is entitled ‘Aestheticizing War Sounds’. In ‘Aestheticizing War Sounds’, she draws attention to the myriad theatrical entertainments in nineteenth-century cities that included representations of war. Such events, which ranged from elite opera to popular vaudeville and equestrian mass spectacles, had a profound impact on the popular imaginary of war. In particular, she interrogates how the musical and sonic components of these events, through its references to other military musical landscapes (whether real or fictional) contributed to nineteenth-century cults of militarism and its connections with nationalism, hero worship, colonialism, and trauma.

Annelies has experience teaching music history and musicianship courses and especially likes delving into courses interrogating the links between music, politics, and war, as well as music, performance, and gender. She will teach a Master’s Elective Course on music and war during Hillary Term 2019 at the Oxford Music Faculty.


Andries, A. ‘Uniting Present and Past: Staging Ossian in the Napoleonic Era’, in Nineteenth-Century Music Review. (Under Review)

Andries, A. ‘Digital Resource Review: Opera Ballet Primary Sources,” in Nineteenth-Century Music Review 15/2 (2018), 309-321.

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, ed. Lorenzo Bianconi et al. http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/bernardo-porta_(Dizionario-Biografico)/


Dr. Annelies Andries
Magdalen College
High Street