About Carola Darwin
Carola Darwin combines a career as an opera and concert singer with research and writing about music. She trained at Royal Northern College of Music, and went on to gain a PhD from the University of Sheffield. She is now an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music, where she teaches Music History.
Carola has recently been selected by the BBC and AHRC to research the life and work of Johanna Müller-Hermann, a composer who lived in Vienna in the early 20th century. This is part of the Five Women Composers project. She is currently commissioning a song-cycle by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, based on poems about evolution and the environment. She is also working on a book The ‘I’ of the Other: Women, opera and autonomy in Mahler’s Vienna.
Operatic roles include Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen, Surrey Opera), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, Opera! Festival, Netherlands), Berta, (The Barber of Seville, Opera East) Sofia (I Lombardi, UCOpera) She has also sung Governess (The Turn of the Screw) Mimi (La Bohème) Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Pat Nixon (Nixon in China). Recent concert work includes a series with the Hermitage String Quartet, Héloise in Maconchy’s Héloise and Abelard, and solos for Park Lane Group’s Celebration for Elizabeth (Purcell Room). Her multi-media one-woman show The Vienna Show: Music and Gender in fin-de-siècle Vienna has been seen in Winnipeg, Canada and also in London, Sheffield and Liverpool.
‘Graceful’, ‘accomplished’ and ‘imaginative’ – The Times review of Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Women in Music Leadership
I’ve been asked to contribute to The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond. My chapter will be on the Cuban-American conductor Odaline de la Martinez, who was the first woman to conduct a complete Prom. Since then, she has been a tireless champion of music by women, as well as contemporary composers in general, and the music of the Americas .