Benjamin Hulett is following the pathway Music in Nineteenth-Century Culture and pursuing his academic studies alongside an international career as a professional opera singer and concert soloist.
Ben writes: Having previously studied as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford and completed three years of vocational study on the opera training course at the Guild-hall School of Music and Drama, I felt that I had a large gap in my knowledge of nineteenth-century music history and musicological debate, having focussed on early music and performance techniques. By taking MA modules in nineteenth-century music and opera studies, I hope to develop a more rounded knowledge with which to colour my performances.
I was attracted to the course at Oxford Brookes after reading about the OBERTO research unit (Oxford Brookes: Exploring Research Trends in Opera) and then contacting Dr Alexandra Wilson. As an opera singer, I hope that my performing experience will inform my academic work and vice versa. My modules have been taught more as tutorials than large lectures, enabling me to have a lot of direct contact with the lecturers. Furthermore, the teaching and learning methods have been very flexible and accommodated my touring commitments: participating in a seminar via Skype from a hotel in Brussels was a particular highlight!