Sophia Edlund

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Drama
Department: Drama

I am a voice practitioner-scholar working at the intersection of vocal practice, sound studies, music theatre, literature, and performance science. In my curiosity to explore the vocal performance situation, I have worked within a variety of genres, researching health and wellbeing for singers as well as researching singing for health and wellbeing. 

I have an MA in Text and Performance (with Distinction) from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 2014. My practice-based dissertation, 'Sirens' Secrets', took the format of a series of vocal laboratories on the Siren Song and resulted in an auditory performance in the dark. My interest in performance psychology led me to study an MSc in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London, where I was awarded a Distinction in 2018. My MSc dissertation was a case study exploring how a singer-conductor cultivates communication in performance. During 2017-2018, I was a part of the mentorship programme, Equilibrium, where I independently was able to research the art of singing from a holistic perspective, with a focus on the mental side of sung performance.

My current project is voice-based Practice-as-Research (PaR) on 'Voicing Thelxis: Kulning, Lulling, and Siren Song as Practices of Vocal Attraction' at the Drama Department, University of Exeter. My research is interdisciplinary and includes classical studies, musicology, and performance studies. In the academic year 2018-2019, I received financial support from the David Cawthra Memorial Fund.

 

Publication

Edlund, S. and Hannigan, B. (2019), ‘A singer’s perspective on Sirens and singing: An interview with coloratura soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, 4:1, pp. 101–10, doi: 10.1386/jivs.4.1.101_1