Margaret Frainier is a MPhil student under the supervision of Marina Frolova-Walker. Her primary research area is twentieth-century Russian opera, particularly the work of Sergei Prokofiev. Her dissertation focuses on Symbolism and Christian Science in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, and also explores the depiction of supernatural worlds through music.
Her other research interests include feminism in music, medieval poetry and the development of musical forms, literary adaptations for the operatic stage, and applications of literary theory to music studies more widely.
Margaret received a BA (First-Class Honours) in Russian language and literature from McGill University, where she founded a popular student-run Russian-language tutoring initiative. She also received a BMus in Voice Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying under Therese Sevadjian and Annamaria Popescu.
Margaret sings in the Choir of Churchill College, and is a novice cox for the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St John’s College.