(Online publication January 19 2011)
Clair Rowden gained her PhD from City University, London, and is lecturer in the School of Music, Cardiff University. Her research deals mainly with opera and nineteenth-century France; her book Republican Morality and Catholic Tradition at the Opera: Massenet's Hérodiade and Thaïs was published in 2004 (Weinsberg: Musik-Edition Lucie Galland). Her research activities range from music editing and archival study to microhistory and reception studies. Specific areas of interest include operatic staging and dance, press iconography, and gender. She has published articles in the Revue de musicologie, Music in Art, and Franco-British Studies, and regularly contributes chapters about opera and dance to the Cahiers de l'Esplanade (Saint-Etienne) and programme notes for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.