Áine Sheil studied Music and German at Trinity College Dublin and Historical Musicology at King’s College London. Her PhD thesis (2004) was on the performance and reception of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg during the Weimar Republic (1919–1933). Following her doctoral studies, she worked for three years in the Publications Department of the Royal Opera House, London, and in 2006 she joined the Department of Drama at Trinity College Dublin as a postdoctoral research fellow. Here, she taught an introductory course on opera, carried out research on opera in Ireland and developed a keen interest in theatre and performance theory. As a Lecturer in Music at University College Cork (2008-2009) she taught several undergraduate courses (‘Critical Theory and Music’, ‘Music Theatre and Politics’, ‘Exploring Opera’) and contributed to several modules in the MA in Music and Cultural History. She has been a Lecturer in Music at the University of York since 2009.