Dr Harriet Boyd-Bennett

Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church

MA (Oxon), MMus, PhD (London)


Twentieth-century Italian opera and music culture; modernism; theories of noise; history of technology; Venetian studies.


Harriet completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2014, with a thesis on ‘Modernising Opera: Recuperation and Renewal in Venice, 1951-1961’. Her doctoral research focussed on the resonance of particular musical moments in 1950s Venice, setting operatic culture in the city within the context of Italian postwar reconstruction.

Her postdoctoral project, entitled ‘Modern Migrations: Musical Travels in Italy in the 1920s’, looks at pieces that travelled all over the peninsula in the aftermath of the First World War and during the rise of Fascism. In particular, Harriet is investigating how, with the aid of national radio and the modernisation of the railways, musical events helped to cement cultural continuity at a time in which modernity was threatening the traditional fabric of Italian society.


‘Remaking Reality: Echoes, Noise and Modernist Realism in Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960’, Cambridge Opera Journal, 24/2 (July 2012), 177-200.

‘Futurism in Venice, Crisis and la musica dell’avvenire, 1924’, Journal of California Italian Studies (Forthcoming, 2014).