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Oct. 17, 2005

Oxford Fellow To Speak On Wagner, Russian Cultural Identity Oct. 21

Rosamund Bartlett will speak about her area of expertise in "From Redemption to Revolution: Wagner and Russian Cultural Identity" at the next Opera Studies lecture Friday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge of the English-Philosophy Building on the UI campus.

Bartlett is a reader in Russian and associate reader in music at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. She is also a fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre at the University of Oxford. She wrote "Wagner and Russia" and is the co-author of "Literary Russia: A Guide." One of her books, "Chekhov: Scenes from A Life," was commissioned to mark the centenary of Chekhov's death and was chosen as the "Moscow Times" Biography of the Year. Currently, she is the editor of "Shostakovich in Context" and is working on a new biography of Tolstoy titled, "Opera in Russia: A Cultural History."

The UI Opera Studies Group, established in 1999 and co-directed by Roberta Marvin and Robert Ketterer, is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of opera and related genres. From its inception, the Opera Studies Group has drawn faculty and advanced graduate students from several departments across campus to both formal and informal gatherings addressing myriad topics ranging from aesthetics to performance practices.

The Opera Studies Group is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend the events, contact Robert Ketterer at 319-335-2327 or

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CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Robert Ketterer, 319-335-2327,; Writer: Po Li Loo