Annelies Andries (2011) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music History. Her dissertation, “Modernizing Spectacle: the Opéra in Napoleon’s Paris” studies the role of this theater in the transition of Paris from being the capital of the Revolution to its “modern” urban identity. In particular, it examines the institution’s operas as multimedia events in which artists experimented with different ways to unite the operatic arts (text, music, ballet, and visuals) and explores how the artistic production and reception articulate changing conceptions of history, the religious sublime, and art as a didactic and political tool.
Annelies started out as a classical singer, with a B.A. in performance from the Antwerp Conservatory before switching to musicology. Her first steps into this field were taken at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), and she wrote a master’s thesis on the conception of aria in Monteverdi’s Venetian operas. During the 2010-2011 season, she was an assistant dramaturg at Opera Flanders, where she discovered a love for staging practices and technologies as well as operatic reception. She continues to enthusiastically engage with performance both at Yale in various undergraduate opera projects and in Europe as a freelance writer of program notes.