Michael Burden

Michael Burden

Tutor in Music; Dean; Pictures & Chattels Fellow; Professor of Opera Studies
ORCHID number: 0000-0002-7520-7909
BA (Hons), MA (Adelaide), MA (Oxon), PhD (Edinburgh)

Michael Burden is Fellow in Music at New College, and Professor in Opera Studies in the University. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association, is a patron member of the American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies, a trustee of Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), and is currently the Past President of the British Society for 18th-century Studies. 

He is Dean of the College, and also holds the offices of Chattels Fellow and Portraits Fellow. He served for some years on the University of Oxford Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections, and is currently a Visitor of the Ashmolean Museum. Outside music, his interests are in art, architecture, and detective fiction.   

Below is Michael's reading from a short story, ‘Oxford, Black Oxford’, by the Zimbabwean fiction writer and poet (and sometime New College student), Dambudzo Marechera (1952–1987), recorded for our 2020-21 lockdown podcast, New College Reads to You



He teaches music history across the course from Medieval to 21st century. His special subjects include most opera topics, music historiography, and music analysis. He is also director of New Chamber Opera, which during the term stages performances involving undergraduates.

Oxford-Princeton Collaborative Research Grant

With Wendy Heller in the Music Department at Princeton University, he held one of the Oxford-Princeton Collaborative Research Grants.  Running from 2011-12 to 2013-14, the subject was Staging History: performing the past in the theatres of London and New York, 1770-1870, and those involved were Victoria Ascheim, Micaela Baranello, Jonathan Hicks, David Kennerley, Ellen Lockhart, James Steichen, and David Stuart. The exchange led to the volume Staging History, published by the Bodleian Library; the related podcast series; and the Bodleian Exhibition 'Staging History' which ran from 14 October 2016-8 January 2017.

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