Is a cultural historian who has lectured and written widely on music. Her books include Wagner and Russia and Shostakovich in Context.
Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian with a particular interest in European Modernism, and in opera. She completed her doctorate at Oxford, and pursued an academic career for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer and translator. During this time she served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association and organised several international music conferences which included collaborations with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Borodin String Quartet, and Oxford Contemporary Music. She maintains an active scholarly profile and is currently an Honorary Associate in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her opera research has been supported by the British Academy and a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
She is the author and editor of several books, including Wagner and Russia, and Shostakovich in Context. As well as contributing to publications such as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, she has written articles for the Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Opera Australia. She has taken part in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and been asked to give pre-concert talks including for the Proms, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Oxford Lieder Festival. In 2017 she was commissioned to translate the original libretto of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth for the Salzburg Festival. She speaks several languages, and has been travelling to Germany since she was a teenager, when she was an exchange student in Munich. She has extensive experience leading tours throughout Europe.