Margaret Frainier


As a DPhil candidate in Medieval and Modern Languages at Merton College, my research is focused on the nineteenth-century Russian opera libretto and its position within the dynamics of cultural production. I am particularly interested in investigating how the operatic libretto mediates the relationship between the literary and musical spheres throughout the nineteenth century, with a critical focus on operatic works outside the traditional Russian operatic repertoire and their connections to canonised works. 


I received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Russian Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice  from McGill University in 2016, after which I completed an MPhil (Dist) in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge. I combine my multidisciplinary background and interests in my DPhil project, which is supported by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative project Creative Multilingualism


My other research interests include: literary-operatic adaptation particularly of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, narrativity and point of view in operatic music, musical metaphors and language in Russian poetry, and the role of women in shaping musical and literary taste in Russia. 



I am an assistant to the Girls’ Choir of Merton College, teaching choristers aged 8-15 the basics of music theory and vocal technique. Previously, I worked as a student instructor in Russian and as a translator of operatic and song texts at McGill. 

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