Dr Tamsin Alexander

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Music
Email t.alexander (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7640
Dr Tamsin Alexander

Dr Tamsin Alexander completed her PhD on an AHRC-funded place at the University of Cambridge under Prof. Marina Frolova-Walker. Her research there explored the transnational spread of Russian opera in the nineteenth century, focusing particularly on Prague, London and Nice. Most recently, her work has been published in Cambridge Opera Journal and Music & Letters. She is now embarking on a new project on lighting technologies in nineteenth-century London, considering the ways in which lighting shaped listening experiences in the theatre, concert hall and the home.            

Academic qualifications

PhD, Selwyn College, Cambridge (2010-14)

MPhil, Selwyn College, Cambridge (2008-9)

BMus, King’s College, London (2005-8)


Soviet Music and Politics (Level 3); Russian Music in Context: Glinka to Stravinsky (Level 2); Romanticism and its Legacy (Level 2); Advanced Topics in Music History (Level 3); Western Art Music: 900-1900 (Level 1); Aesthetics, Meaning and Culture (Level 2); Performance Styles and Contexts (Level 2); Research Essay; Dissertation.

Areas of supervision

Nineteenth-century music and musical culture in Europe
Russian and Soviet music

Current PhD students

Evgeniya Kondrahina
Adam Nee
Catherine Hutchinson
Magdalini Nikolaidou

Research Interests

Cultural history; nineteenth-century musical culture; opera; transnationalism and cosmopolitanism; reception studies; music and politics; Russia; France; Britain; Czech lands; sensory history; music and technology


Book Section

Alexander, Tamsin. 2012. 'An “Extraordinary Engagement”: A Russian Opera Company in Britain, 1888’. In: Anthony Cross, ed. A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture. Open Book Publishers.


Alexander, Tamsin. 2022. Cosmopolitan Connections: Yevgeny Onegin as realist drame lyrique in Nice. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, ISSN 1479-4098

Alexander, Tamsin. 2017. Illuminating Gustavus the Third and the Art of Spectacle in 1830s London. Cambridge Opera Journal, 29(1), pp. 33-52. ISSN 0954-5867

Alexander, Tamsin. 2016. Review: 'Wagner in Russia, Poland and the Czech Lands: Musical, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives, ed. by Stephen Muir and Anastasia Beiina-Johnson'. Music and Letters, 97(2), pp. 351-353. ISSN 0027-4224

Alexander, Tamsin. 2015. Review: 'A Musician Divided: Andre Tchaikowsky in his own words'. Music & Letters, 96(3), pp. 491-494.

Alexander, Tamsin. 2015. Decentralising via Russia: Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar in Nice, 1890. Cambridge Opera Journal, 27(1), pp. 35-62. ISSN 0954-5867

Alexander, Tamsin. 2015. Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin in Britain, 1892 and 1906: Slipping between High and Low, Future and Past, East and West. Musiktheorie, 30(3), pp. 223-234. ISSN 0177-4182

Alexander, Tamsin. 2014. Too Russian for British Ears: La Vita per lo Czar at Covent Garden, 1887. Tekst. Kniga. Knigoizdaniye (Text. Book. Publishing), 2(6), pp. 30-48. ISSN 2306-2061