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Professor Sarah Hibberd

Professor Sarah Hibberd

Professor Sarah Hibberd

Stanley Hugh Badock Chair of Music

Victoria Rooms,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1SA
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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.



Before joining the Department of Music at Bristol in September 2017, I was Lecturer and then Associate Professor in Music at the University of Nottingham, and before that I taught at Southampton, Royal Holloway (London) and Rouen, and was an editor for The New Grove Dictionary of Music. My research and teaching interests are focused around opera and nineteenth-century musical culture, and in 2015 I was Writer in Residence at the Royal Opera for their production of Rossini's Guillaume Tell.


My teaching centres on nineteenth-century music, opera and other forms of musical theatre, French musical culture, music and the visual arts.


  • musicology
  • music history
  • nineteenth-century studies
  • opera
  • nationalism and national identities
  • visual cultures
  • French theatre
  • music and science



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