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Dr Susan Rutherford

Dr Susan Rutherford

Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of Music

Visiting Member of High Table, Jesus College

Professor of Music at the University of Manchester


Susan Rutherford is Professor of Music at the University of Manchester. Her publications include The New Woman and Her Sisters: Feminism and Theatre, 1850–1914 (co-editor, 1992), The Prima Donna and Opera, 1815–1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Verdi, Opera, Women (Cambridge University Press, 2013), as well as numerous essays on voice, performance, and nineteenth-century Italian opera. She is the recipient of both the ‘Pauline Alderman Prize’ (IAWM) for research on women and music, and the ‘Premio Internazionale: Giuseppe Verdi’ (Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani).  She regularly contributes public talks and programme notes on opera for various companies (including Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, BBC Proms, Opera North), and has written and presented two documentaries for BBC Radio 3.

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Jesus College:
Visiting Member of High Table

Research Interests

Her current research project (funded by a three-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, 2016-2019) is entitled A History of Voices: Singing in Britain 1690 to the Present.