Charlotte Bentley is an AHRC-funded PhD student in the Faculty of Music and a member of Emmanuel College. She received her BA from the University of Cambridge in 2013, and went on to complete an MA at the University of Nottingham the following year.
Working under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Walton, her doctoral research is on the subject of the production and reception of French opera in New Orleans between 1819 and 1859. Her project explores the interaction of local, national and global concerns and processes in the adoption of European opera across the Atlantic. In particular, she is interested in the role of human agency in globalisation, and in exploring the complexities of cultural transfer.
Her other research interests include Jules Massenet, operatic realism, and the influence of media technologies on the production and reception of opera in the late nineteenth century.