Rhoda Dullea

Biography

Rhoda Dullea is an accompanist, piano teacher and part-time lecturer based at the UCC School of Music and Theatre. Her research interests include the relationship of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century art music to literature, as well as music education and performance theory. Rhoda was conferred with a PhD from UCC in 2005, having obtained a prestigious two-year Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) to fund her studies under the supervision of Dr Christopher Morris. Her thesis, entitled “Nation, Race and Religion in Franz Liszt’s Des Bohémiens et de leur musique en Hongrie [‘The Gypsies and their music in Hungary’]”, examined Liszt’s book about Gypsy music, and in 2011, Rhoda was invited to discuss Liszt’s treatise, on the Lyric FM documentary series “Franz Liszt: Lion at the Keyboard” (Lyric Feature, 23 September 2011). Rhoda has been active in all areas of collaborative piano performance since the age of 15, achieving many distinctions in chamber music performance, most notably twice being member of the winning ensemble in the RTE Musician of the Future Competition Ensemble Category (1996 and 1998). She completed a Masters in Performance at the Cork School of Music, CIT, in 2007, specialising in collaborative piano performance. As a collaborative pianist, Rhoda has performed in a diverse range of musical and dramatic genres, from instrumental duos to ballet and theatre. She has performed composers Irene and Linda Buckley’s incidental music for Corcadorca Theatre Company productions (Snap, 2003; The Tempest, 2006) and recently participated as organist in Irene Buckley’s live score for the Carl Dreyer silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, a cine-concert feature in the 2012 Cork French Film Festival. Rhoda has also long been involved in choral accompaniment, and is currently the accompanist to the recently formed UCC Choir. Rhoda became involved in opera performance in 2006 when she began work as assistant répétiteur with the Cork-based opera company Opera 2005. In 2009, Rhoda was awarded a residency as assistant répétiteur with the “Opera as Theatre” summer programme at the Banff Arts Centre, Alberta, Canada. She has a keen interest in opera education, and was involved in Opera 2005 company’s education programme from 2006-09, bringing reduced opera performances to community centres and schools throughout Cork city and county Rhoda has recently completed a part-time Masters in Education (Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture) at the University of Cambridge, where she pursued studies in the area of interdisciplinary arts education, with a specific emphasis on opera education programming and development, an area that she continues to research.

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