Dr Jennifer Daniel


Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre


  • MTH1101 Introducing Musical Theatre (Module Leader)
  • MTH1102 Studying Musical Theatre (Module Leader)
  • MTH1105 Words and Music (Module Leader)
  • MTH2101 Approaches to Musical Theatre (Module Leader)
  • MTH2102 Musical Theatre Practitioners (Module Leader)
  • MTH2103 Acting Through Song
  • MTH3101 Researching Musical Theatre
  • PAR3104 Dissertation

Education and Training

Research and professional practice

My research interests centre around: music in performance and reception; music on the theatrical stage; music, education and identity; and the cultural and educational work that is done by the arts. I am interested in the roles of cultural and educational institutions (particularly in relation to organisations and to musical arts) and contributions to pedagogy, wellbeing and social justice. I take an interdisciplinary approach using mixed methodology including ethnography. My studies in musical culture have been particularly indebted to the work of cultural ethnographers Georgina Born and Paul Atkinson. In cultural policy I have been inspired by scholars working in the North of England, including David Hesmondhalgh, Anna Rosser Upchurch and Abigail Gilmore.

I have performed extensively as a singer, brass player and conductor. I have expertise in music education and pedagogy from Early Years to HE and professional education outreach.


Conference Presentations

  • ‘Adapting the Diegesis: Emotional integrity through diegetic incongruence in The Greatest Showman’, SSS XVI (Re-)Inventions: Adaptations and New Directions in Musicals on and between Stage and Screen, University of Leeds, June 2019.
  • Invited presentation: ‘Opera, Access, Democracy: ‘Everyone has the opportunity…’, University of Huddersfield, March 2017.
  • Roundtable contribution: The Ring of the Nibelungs, Northern Opera Research Network Inaugral Conference, University of Leeds/University of Huddersfield, April 2016.
  • ‘A Beginners’ Ring and an ‘Audience of Aficionados’: Perceptions of and in the North’, Listening to the Listener: Contemporary perceptions of classical music, SPARC/University of Sheffield, Nov 2015
  • ‘Musical Dramaturgy in Practice’, PGR Symposium, University of Leeds, May 2015.
  • ‘Opera and the Access Agenda(s): Katherine Jenkins, John Maynard Keynes and Opera North’, PGR Symposium University of Leeds, Dec 2014.
  • Invited presentation: ‘A Silver Lining in Salford: An ethnography of opera and access’, University of Salford, April 2014.
  • Roundtable contribution: ‘Provincial Hope to Civic Pride: The Yorkshire Ring experience then and now’, Richard Wagner’s Impact on His World and Ours, University of Leeds, May 2013.
  • ‘Researching Ephemera’, Researching Ephemera, Brotherton Library Special Collections, University of Leeds, May 2013.
  • ‘A Ring for its Time and Place: An ethnography of the defiance of a composer’s vision by the mutual consent of company and audience’, Love to Death: Transforming Opera, Cardiff University/Welsh National Opera, June 2012.
  • Invited presentation: ‘A Spider’s Web or Maybe a Teaching Hospital: The hidden work of the extended opera company’, The Theory, Practice and Business of Opera, University of Leeds/Opera North, April 2012.
  • ‘Mediating Family Opera: Swanhunter, the Kalevala, audience and expectation’, Musicology in the 3rd Millennium, Sibelius Academy, Finland, March 2010.
  • ‘Experimental Ethnography and the Birth of an Opera in Retrospect’, University of Surrey, March 2010.
  • ‘New Opera and Ethnography’, University of Leeds, Dec 2009.
  • Panel contribution: ‘Opera Studies in the 21st Century: New directions’, Enterprising Creativity: Innovation and future of arts and humanities research, University of Leeds/Opera North, Nov 2009.
  • Invited presentation: ‘Today’s Leaver: An experience of school in England’, Newcastle University, Music Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Sept 2009.
  • ‘On Skin Deep, Collaboration and Identity: … and he said, ‘Well, let’s make it pink!’’, RMA Student Conference, University of Nottingham, June 2009.
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