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Biography

Nicole Panizza is an acclaimed UK-based vocal accompanist, coach and scholar. She was awarded her Doctor of Music degree in 2014 (Royal College of Music, UK), and is a past recipient of an International Fulbright Award, in support of visiting research fellowships at Harvard University and Manhattan School of Music (USA). Nicole has worked for Opera Australia, the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Awards, and as Education Manager for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Her teachers have included Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau.

Research includes the internationally acclaimed albums Nature, with soprano Jane Sheldon; and Emergence- Emily Dickinson with soprano Nadine Benjamin. Nicole has given key lectures and presentations in Singapore, Oxford, and Cambridge; and chamber recitals in Vancouver, New York, Paris, Boston and Philadelphia – all showcasing seminal and premiere performances of Dickinson-inspired song cycles. Current practice includes an inter-medial performance project based on fragment manuscripts of Emily Dickinson with Prof. Suzie Hanna, Dr. Sally Bayley, and Dr. Hannah Sanders; a digital archive showcasing practice-led approaches to the performance and study of Dickinson’s poetry and letters, and an international song project (in conjunction with Harvard University) showcasing critical examples of American war, memoriam and remembrance. Monographs include A Performer’s Encounter with Emily Dickinson: Reading in the Dark (Routledge, UK), and a co-authored book with Dr. Trisha Kannan, The Language of Emily Dickinson (Vernon Press, USA); both due for release in 2020.

Nicole is a board member of the London Song Festival, the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, UK, the Arts and Humanities Council of the Emily Dickinson International Society, USA; Creative Partner/Board Advisor of The International Center for American Music (ICAMus), Italy, and Joint Founding Director and Creative Partner of Emergence Music, UK. Recent posts include Visiting Research Fellowships, Rothermere American Institute and Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK; and Research Summit Fellow, The Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, Belgium. She currently holds the positions of Assistant Professor (Music), Coventry University, UK; Research Associate, Oxford Song Network (UK); Doctoral Mentor, Royal College of Music, UK; and Visiting Academic Research Associate, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford, UK.

Further information can be found at www.nicolepanizza.com

Research Interests

Keywords: music, performance, cultural agency, literary analysis and criticism (poetics), gender studies, inter-medial collaboration

Mediums: operatic practice; Australian and American chamber music; performance as creative research and practice; music and text analysis (specialising in 20th and 21st century art song)

Vision Statement

My research focusses on the critical intersection between music, poetry and performance. Having dedicated a significant part of my early career to piano performance (solo, accompaniment, chamber) I decided to specialise in the area of song accompaniment. This has afforded me the opportunity, through study and professional practice, to investigate these individual mediums further.

As my research has progressed I have developed a particular niche interest in American poetry and musical composition, with Emily Dickinson now being a primary driving force. Whilst current Dickinson scholarship offers comprehensive analysis from literary and cultural perspectives there has been surprisingly little enquiry into the role that music played in her life, and the ever-broadening pool of musical settings of her work. It was this unexpected discovery that led me to a series of questions: how do we read Dickinson? How does a composer read her work? How does a performer read the dual narrative of Dickinson and composer? As a direct result of familiarising myself with the contents of her personal music folio, and immersing myself in various musical settings of her poetry and letters, I discovered a gap in knowledge and curation, and a subsequent critical need for an advocate of this material: someone who can not only champion existing work but also seek to promote future practice and scholarship.

My research provides a significant and unique opportunity to document and observe not only a profound evolution of Emily Dickinson’s literary style but also an opportunity to experience, in visual and aural form, some of the finest music compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The musical settings provide us, the listener, with a unique platform where we can hear Dickinson’s poems and letters in a more full and embodied way. Further, the act of performance affords additional opportunity to interpret Dickinson’s work in a somatic way, both as performer as an agent for translation and transmission, and for the audience feeling and experiencing them. Moving forward it is my intention that this research will ultimately establish a new forum for both the way in which we read, hear and perform the work of Emily Dickinson, and inspire future discussion and development of interdisciplinary approaches to American cultural study and practice.

Education/Academic qualification

Music Performance, Doctorate, Royal College of Music

10 Jan 200530 Nov 2013

Music Performance, MA, CIT Cork School of Music

1 Sep 200231 May 2004

Music Performance, Degree, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide

10 Feb 199115 Dec 1994

Music Performance, Postgraduate Diploma, TAFE Flinders St School of Music

10 Feb 199015 Dec 1990

Music Performance, Postgraduate Diploma, TAFE Flinders St School of Music

10 Feb 198810 Dec 1990

External positions

Board Member, The Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival

1 Feb 2020 → …

Doctoral Mentor, Royal College of Music

20 Jan 2020 → …

Creative Director and Board Member, The International Center for American Music

1 Mar 2019 → …

External Examiner - PhD (practice-as-research), Guildhall School of Music and Drama

1 Nov 201715 Apr 2018

Director, The Emily Dickinson International Artists Collective

31 Mar 2017 → …

Board Trustee, London Song Festival

10 Mar 2017 → …

Research Associate, Oxford Song Network

1 Sep 2015 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2016

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2016

Chair and Board Trustee, Operacoast

1 Jan 2015 → …

Keywords

  • M Music
  • MT Musical instruction and study
  • ML Literature of music
  • PS American literature
  • PN0441 Literary History
  • PN0080 Criticism

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Research Output

A Performer's Encounter with Emily Dickinson: Reading in the Dark

Panizza, N., 1 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge. 350 p. (Routledge Research in Music)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Emergence - Emily Dickinson

    Panizza, N. & Benjamin, N., 22 Nov 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media

    Open Access
  • Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush - Emily Dickinson as Polyglot: The Language of Emily Dickinson

    Panizza, N. & Kannan, T., 10 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Vernon Press. 300 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Emergence-Emily Dickinson: The Snape Aldeburgh Project

    Panizza, N., Benjamin, N. & Binstock, L., 11 Aug 2019

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

    In Other Motes, of Other Myths - Experimental Dickinson

    Panizza, N., Hanna, S., Sanders, H. & Bayley, S., 16 Apr 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

  • Activities

    Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival (External organisation)

    Nicole Panizza (Steering Committee Member)
    5 Feb 2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Doctoral Mentor

    Nicole Panizza (Consultant)
    1 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Consultancy

    Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush: American Art Song as Praxis

    Nicole Panizza (Speaker)
    20 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Nature and Lyricism: “America is a poem”

    Nicole Panizza (Keynote speaker), Aloma Bardi (Speaker)
    18 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Prizes

    Creative Partner and Board Advisor

    Nicole Panizza (Recipient), 1 Mar 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Research Fellow

    Nicole Panizza (Recipient), 12 Mar 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • The Orpheus Institute Research Summit Fellowship

    Nicole Panizza (Recipient), 8 May 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Visiting Academic Research Associate

    Nicole Panizza (Recipient), 1 Oct 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively