Programme: Music - PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2011

Mode of study: Part time

Research title: A creative practice comparative exploration of vocal portamento and glissando

Canadian soprano Diana Gilchrist was the Founding Artistic Director of Ottawa's Opera Lyra. As a singer her career has taken her across Europe, North America and to the Far East.

While based in German opera houses her Mozart roles included: Susannah (Le Nozze de Figaro), Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) which she has sung in Vienna, Paris and Berlin.

Other leading roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gilda (Rigoletto) and the title roles in The Merry Widow and The Cunning Vixen. She has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Academy of Ancient Music and performs her one-woman show: Mrs. Mozart. Since 1997 she has served as Musician in Residence for the Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) at Herstmonceux Castle where she also lectures.

Research interests

Emotion in music Creative Practice as research, Expressive vocal gestures, Performance practice, History of vocal pedagogy, Recording analysis.