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Áine Sheil
Reader and Head of School



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 joined the University of York in 2009.

School Roles

  • Head of School
  • Chair of Staff Student Forum
  • MA in Music Programme Leader

University roles

  • Faculty Board
  • Faculty Executive Group



  • The Staging of Opera
  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Wagner
  • Reception Theory
  • Music and Gender

For full details of research activities, please view Áine's profile in the York Research Database.


Full publications list

View Áine Sheil's full publications list at the York Research Database.



  • Alternative Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Ideas About Performance
  • Staging Opera: History and Practice
  • Mozart Opera
  • Opera and Contemporary Politics


  • Musicology (Music History, Critical Theory, Research Skills)

Contact details

Dr Áine Sheil
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4565