Third-year PhD music student wins TaPRA Essay Prize

Posted on 16 July 2018

York PhD music student has won a prize for her essay about a Franz Schreker opera.

A third-year PhD student from the Department of Music at the University of York, Charlotte Armstrong, has been announced as the 2018 winner of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Postgraduate Essay Prize which aims to recognise and support excellent postgraduate and early career scholars within the discipline of theatre and performance. 

Charlotte's essay 'Representations of The Degenerate Condition from Source to Stage: Disability and Morality in Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten' critically examines the colliding narratives of disability and moral degeneracy in Franz Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten (1918), and their reimagining and reinterpretation in Calixto Bieito’s 2018 production at Komische Oper Berlin (2018).

In their feedback, the judges highlighted that:

"The essay represents a comprehensive close analysis of the production in question. There is an excellently constructed narrative, which is accompanied by insightful analysis and supported by a carefully chosen and judicious choice of reference materials. Appropriate inclusion of production visuals supports the argument. The analysis is complex and the author also has a well-developed critical eye. The critical voice is well honed to the work of the director/the reception of the Opera and a critique of this as a cultural work."

The prize includes £150, a selection of books from Manchester University Press and consideration for publication in a major academic journal. Charlotte will be receiving the award at the TaPRA annual conference at Aberystwyth University in September this year. She will be submitting her paper to Contemporary Theatre Review.

Find out more about the critiria and previous winners of the TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize.