Opera before “Elitism”

Dr Alexandra Wilson is Reader in Music at Oxford Brookes University, where she researches the social and cultural history of opera. She is the author of ‘The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity’ (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and ‘Opera: A Beginner’s Guide’ (OneWorld Publications, 2010).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses her research on Opera’s surprising place in the 1920s ‘battle of the brows’ for her new book ‘Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain’ (Oxford University Press, 2019).