Sarah Hibberd

Sarah Hibberd


Sarah Hibberd is Associate Professor in Music at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests focus primarily on musical culture in nineteenth-century Paris (including opera and other forms of music theatre such as melodrama, pantomime and ballet), with particular interests in music and visual cultures, and in staging technologies – and a growing interest in Anglo-French networks and exchanges. Her publications include ‘French Grand Opera and the Historical Imagination’ (Cambridge, 2009), two edited volumes, ‘Melodramatic Voices’ (Ashgate, 2011) and ‘Art, Theatre and Opera in Paris, 1750–1850’ with Richard Wrigley (Ashgate, 2014), and various journal articles and book chapters. More information is available here:

She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project, French Opera and the Revolutionary Sublime, in which she analyses the cataclysmic denouements of a series of works performed in Paris between 1789 and 1830, in the context of France’s evolving relationship to revolution, and with particular attention to staging technologies (including lighting, scenery and special effects) and audiences’ sensory and emotional experiences. Protagonists in this project include Cherubini, Spontini, Reicha, Isouard, Rossini, the Degotti brothers, F.-B. Hoffman, Etienne de Jouy, Chateaubriand, Victor Cousin, Maine de Birain, Victor Hugo – and Robespierre and friends, Napoleon, Louis XVIII…


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