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Mr Tim Hopkins

Post:Research Fellow (Music, Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre)
Location:ARTS C C110E

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UK:01273 678031
International:+44 1273 678031

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From 2007 - 2012, Tim Hopkins was supported by an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, hosted by Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, Department of Music, School of Media, Film of Music, University of Sussex.

His research focussed on some uses of digital media in relation to opera, in particular various kinds of intermedial relationships made possible by recent technology.

His three research topics explore different configurations of opera, theatre, music, contemporary theatre making, mediation and remediation, in the context of three themes. 1  TV Opera, 2 The Lost Chord, 3  Give me your blessing for I go to a Foreign Land. 

The public presentation phase of each research project has been developed in partnership with external producers: 1 (presented in 2012) with Aldeburgh Music , 2 (presented in 2010) with Opera North in Leeds and London, 3 (presented in 2009) with The Royal Opera through ROH2 and Opera Genesis.

Tim also participated as a tutor on a variety of courses, MA and BA, that relate to his research area and other professional contexts (opera, theatre making, new media, moving image.) 

Since 2012 he has continued his association with the Department, as Research Fellow in Experimental Music Theatre, researching through practice in projects with partners that relate opera, music theatre and the digital realm - Proms Music Walk 2012 for the BBC, (a new music commission for 11 composers using mobile media); Occupation for Welsh National Opera and The Space, ( 2014-15), song and film commissions for online, published every two weeks, each inspired by news events, for WNO's Liberty or Death season; consultant to Scottish Opera for their new digital strategy; making opera for VR systems with composer Rob Thomas (exRJDJ) exploring artistic experience in processes of conlict resolution.  With soul/jazz singer/writer Carleen Anderson (exBrand New Heavies, Young Disciples), making her biographical music theatre piece Cage Street Memorial.

Community and Business

Tim's Reserach Fellowship is a part-time commitment.  His professional practice in Opera and uses of digital media has continued concurrently.  The Felowship activity has related to this other practice in various ways, and vice versa.  For example, as Creative Director of BBC Proms Music Walk 2012, a site specific performance project involving new contemporary music commissions, accessed online, responding to locations, as Creative Director of Occupation - Five Songs that Shook the World, (2014-15) commissioned by Welsh National Opera and The Space.  In 2016 he began an ongoing role with Scottish Opera towards developing their artistry in the digital realm.