Anastasia BELINA-JOHNSON

Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson is Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music, London. She is a musicologist, writer, presenter, and opera director.

She is the author of Die tägliche Mühe ein Mensch zu sein (Wolke Verlag 2013) and A Musician Divided: André Tchaikowsky in His Own Words (Toccata Classics 2013). She is co-editor of of Wagner in Russia, Poland and the Czech Lands: Musical, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives (Ashgate 2013), and The Business of Opera (Ashgate 2015). She is currently working on writing for, and editing, Cambridge Companion to Operetta (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2019).

She has written and presented talks, lectures, and conference papers on André Tchaikowsky, Sergey Taneyev, Anton Rubinstein, Russian and Soviet music, 19th-century opera, Wagner and his influences on Russian composers, and modern operas written on Greek dramas. During her research on André Tchaikowsky and his opera The Merchant of Venice, she has given a number of interviews for German, Austrian, and Polish radio.

She has contributed research for, and appeared in, a documentary Rebel of the Keys about the life of André Tchaikowsky, directed by the UK film director Mark Charles, and produced by Liz Smith and entertaining:tv.

In 2014, she contributed to the BBC 3 Composer of the Week with Donald Macleod, on a five-part programme dedicated to Sergey Taneyev and his music

With Tom Service, she discussed André Tchaikowsky and her book A Musician Divided: André Tchaikowsky in His Own Words on BBC 3 Music Matters in January 2014.

Dr Belina-Johnson is working with Professor Derek Scott (University of Leeds) on a high profile research project German Operetta in London and New York in 1907-37: Cultural Transfers (GOLNY), funded by the European Research Council. Her part of the project focuses on Poland, and she is writing a book on adaptations and reception of Silver Age operetta in Poland during the period of 1905-1939.

As opera director, she focuses on rarely staged works; her productions include Taneyev’s Oresteia (2009), Salieri’s Les Danaides (2010), and Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss (2012).

She is an International Artistic Director of Koncerty Urodzinowe Chopina (Birthday Concerts of Chopin Music Festival), Warsaw, and Cultural Consultant for the UK leading HE education consultancy Edmission: UK.

Dr Belina-Johnson welcomes enquiries relating to her research areas from prospective Doctoral students.

You can contact Dr Belina-Johnson on anastasia.belina-johnson@rcm.ac.uk and/or +44 (0)2075914789.

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