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Charlotte Bentley

Charlotte Bentley

Research Fellow, Emmanuel College


Biography:

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College. Having received my BA from the University of Cambridge in 2013, I went on to do an MA at the University of Nottingham the following year. I completed my PhD (funded by the AHRC) at Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Walton in October 2017.

My research focuses on operatic mobility in the nineteenth century, using the translation of opera into non-European environments as a way of examining questions of international cultural transfer in the period more broadly. So far, I have worked on New Orleans, which was home to the first (and, for some thirty-five years, the only) permanent opera company in North America, and recruited its performers each year from Europe. I have explored the city’s place within growing global operatic systems, arguing for the centrality of human agency to the long-term development of transatlantic networks of production, as well as the role of material culture in promoting an increasingly international operatic discourse. At the same time, I have sought to understand the more distinctively local aspects of the city’s operatic life, in terms of the theatre-going experience and the adaptation/reception of particular works. During my research fellowship, I look forward to beginning a larger project about touring opera in the Caribbean and southern United States, exploring the ways in which operatic translocation might challenge dominant narratives of nineteenth-century globalisation. My 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.

PhD Dissertation: ‘Resituating Transatlantic Opera: The Case of the Théâtre d’Orléans, New Orleans, 1819–1859’

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Emmanuel College:

Key Publications

‘Between the Frontier and the French Quarter: Operatic Travel Writing and Nineteenth-Century New Orleans’, in Operatic Geographies, ed. Suzanne Aspden. Chicago: Chicago University Press (Forthcoming 2018).

‘Beyond verismo: Massenet’s La Navarraise and ‘realism’ in fin-de-siècle Paris’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Forthcoming).

'The Race for Robert and other Rivalries: Negotiating the Local and (Inter)national in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans’, Cambridge Opera Journal, 29/1 (March 2017), 94–112.