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Professor Sarah Hibberd


  • BS8 1SA


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Research interests

My research interests focus primarily on nineteenth-century French musical culture, nineteenth-century opera (French, Italian), and other forms of music theatre including melodrama and ballet. I am completing an AHRC-funded project, French Opera and the Revolutionary Sublime, in which I analyse 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 and special effects) and audiences' sensory and emotional experience. I am also researching the activities of the 'Puritani Quartet' in London and Paris during the 1830s and 40s, with a particular focus on the bass, Luigi Lablache, and exploring singer networks and mobility in nineteenth-century Europe.


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Research Output

Music and the Sonorous Sublime in European Culture, 1680–1880

Hibberd, S. (ed.) & Stanyon, M. (ed.), 28 May 2020, Cambridge University Press. 306 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • Scenography, spéculomanie and spectacle: Pixérécourt’s La Citerne

    Hibberd, S., 2018, The Melodramatic Moment: Music and Theatrical Culture, 1790–1820. Hambridge, K. & Hicks, J. (eds.). University of Chicago Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    “Cockneys in a Fever”: Auber’s Gustave in London

    Hibberd, S., 2018, Grand Opera Outside Paris: Opera on the Move in Nineteenth-Centry Europe. Hesselager, J. (ed.). Routledge, (Ashgate Interdiscipinary Studies in Opera).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Cambridge Opera Journal (Journal)

    Sarah Hibberd (Editor)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Interview for French radio

    Sarah Hibberd (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Buxton Festival (Beethoven, Leonore; Bellini, I capuleti)

    Sarah Hibberd (Chair)

    Jul 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance