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Pamela Karantonis

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Personal statement

Pamela Karantonis is a Senior Lecturer in Voice, teaching within both Acting and Drama. She graduated with her PhD on Impersonation from the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she was supervised by Edward Scheer. A vocal shape-shifter herself, Pamela combines both research and practitioner interests in the voice.

From 2010-2014, she jointly convened the Music Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research and has presented at TaPRA and PSi conferences. She is the AHRC’s Bath Spa University contact person for the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership in the areas of Drama, Acting, Opera and Voice and she is also a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. At Bath Spa University in 2016, she founded, along with Thomas Kampe, the Creative Corporealities Research Group (see link) and is supervising two practice-as-research PhDs relating to voice.

Her practical training was in Vocal Performance at Elder Conservatorium and she was a professional opera chorister and Equity member in the Australian performing arts industry, continuing her classical vocal study with Reginald Byers in Sydney, Ann de Renais in London and masterclasses with New York-based voice coach David L. Jones. She has worked with the State Opera of South Australia and sung in Mandarin on China Central Television (broadcast from the Sydney Opera House) and is also an interpreter of the Greek genre of rebetika songs.

In 2014, she received the Students’ Union Trophy Prize for Best Feedback, nominated by students from the Acting programme in recognition of her holistic and supportive process of building their vocal instruments in the studio. She credits her own voice teachers with instilling this ethos in her training.

Her most notable publications include editorships of, and contributions to, Opera Indigene – Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures (2011) and Cathy Berberian – Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality (2014). She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (Intellect). She is currently working on material for a monograph concerning vocal performance and identity politics.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
  • BA (Hons – First Class) Adelaide, South Australia
  • BA, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

Professional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Professional memberships

  • International Federation of Theatre Research
  • Hellenic Academics Association of Great Britain
  • Research and academic outputs.

Other external roles

  • 2014-2016. External Examiner, BA Drama and Performance, University of Portsmouth
  • 2015-2017. External Examiner, MA Musical Theatre, University of Surrey.

Teaching specialism

  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Voice and Vocality in and/as theatre
  • Interdisciplinary Art Forms
  • Intercultural Performance Theory and Practice
  • Postcolonial Theory and Indigenous Studies
  • Opera and Music Theatre Studies
  • Performance and Philosophy
  • Avant-Garde Theatre of the Early Twentieth Century.

Editorships (periodicals)

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, Intellect Journals. Launch in 2016
  • Associate editor, International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2008
  • Peer Reviewer for Routledge, music title manuscript, 2016
  • Peer Reviewer for Studies in Musical Theatre 2008 – the present
  • Peer Reviewer for Malaysian Music Journal, 2015
  • Peer Reviewer for Intellect Journals special issue on Digital Opera, 2011
  • Peer Reviewer for Contemporary Theatre Review – Special Issue on Music Theatre, 2007.

Research supervision

PhD Supervision

  • “Female Vocality, Monodrama and the Solo Performer” (Overseas Student-USA)
  • “Contemporary approaches to silence, sound, movement and listening in sonic and multisensory performance” (UK student).

Conference roles

27th -28th September, 2008. Convenor of Opera Indigene: Critical Perspectives on First Nations and Indigenous Cultures - the world’s first international conference on Opera and First Nations/Indigenous Cultures, with colleagues from the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe, including University of Sussex and Department of Australian Studies, King’s College London. Venue: Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London.

Forms of public output

Welsh National Opera MAX projects participant Welsh National Opera. Cardiff and Birmingham, 2005-2008.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality
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Karantonis, P, Placanica, F, Sivuoja-Kauppala, A and Verstraete, P, eds. (2014) Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781409469834


The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance
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Symonds, D and Karantonis, P, eds. (2013) The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam/New York. ISBN 9789042036918


Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures
book

Karantonis, P and Robinson, D, eds. (2011) Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9780754669890


Transcribing vocality: voice at the border of music after modernism
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Karantonis, P (2015) 'Transcribing vocality: voice at the border of music after modernism.' In: Thomaidis, K and Macpherson, B, eds. Voice studies: critical approaches to process, performance and experience. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 162-176. ISBN 9781138809345


Cathy Berberian and the performative art of voice
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Karantonis, P (2014) 'Cathy Berberian and the performative art of voice.' In: Karantonis, P, Placanica, F, Sivuoja-Kauppala, A and Verstraete, P, eds. Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 151-168. ISBN 9781409469834


Introduction/overture
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Karantonis, P (2014) 'Introduction/overture.' In: Karantonis, P, Placanica, F, Sivuoja-Kauppala, A and Verstraete, P, eds. Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781409469834


Special transcript - Cathy’s solo talk show
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Karantonis, P (2014) 'Special transcript - Cathy’s solo talk show.' In: Karantonis, P, Placanica, F, Sivuoja-Kauppala, A and Verstraete, P, eds. Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781409469834


The tenor in decline? Narratives of nostalgia and the performativity of the operatic tenor
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Karantonis, P (2013) 'The tenor in decline? Narratives of nostalgia and the performativity of the operatic tenor.' In: Symonds, D and Karantonis, P, eds. The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 119-130. ISBN 9789042036918


Empty houses, booming voices
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Symonds, D and Karantonis, P (2013) 'Empty houses, booming voices.' In: Symonds, D and Karantonis, P, eds. The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 11-24. ISBN 9789042036918


Old enough to sing Tosca: the paradox of age and femininity and the opera diva
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Karantonis, P (2012) 'Old enough to sing Tosca: the paradox of age and femininity and the opera diva.' In: Dolan, J and Tincknell, E, eds. Aging femininities: troubling representations. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 171-182. ISBN 9781443838832


'Pecan summer': the process of making new indigenous opera in Australia
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Cheetham, D, Browning, D and Karantonis, P (2011) ''Pecan summer': the process of making new indigenous opera in Australia.' In: Karantonis, P and Robinson, D, eds. Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 325-336. ISBN 9780754669890


Performativity, mimesis and indigenous opera
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Karantonis, P (2011) 'Performativity, mimesis and indigenous opera.' In: Karantonis, P and Robinson, D, eds. Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 73-91. ISBN 9780754669890


Introduction
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Karantonis, P and Robinson, D (2011) 'Introduction.' In: Karantonis, P and Robinson, D, eds. Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780754669890


"Punk’s dead, Michael": artifice, independence and authenticity in Leigh Bowery’s self-fashioned post-punk performative
article

Karantonis, P (2015) '"Punk’s dead, Michael": artifice, independence and authenticity in Leigh Bowery’s self-fashioned post-punk performative.' Punk & Post Punk, 4 (2-3). pp. 205-222. ISSN 2044-3706


‘Leave No Trace’: the art of wasted space – the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft
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Karantonis, P (2008) '‘Leave No Trace’: the art of wasted space – the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft.' Performance Paradigm, 4. ISSN 1832-5580


Staged photography and the performance of autofacture: cross-genre impersonation in Cindy Sherman’s self-portraits
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Karantonis, P (2008) 'Staged photography and the performance of autofacture: cross-genre impersonation in Cindy Sherman’s self-portraits.' International Journal of the Arts in Society, 3 (2). pp. 37-44. ISSN 1833-1866


Takarazuka is burning: music theatre and the performance of sexual and gender identities in modern Japan
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Karantonis, P (2007) 'Takarazuka is burning: music theatre and the performance of sexual and gender identities in modern Japan.' Studies in Musical Theatre, 1 (2). pp. 153-165. ISSN 1750-3159


Keynote
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Karantonis, P (2018) Keynote. In: The Female Voice in the Twentieth Century: Material, Symbolic and Aesthetic Dimensions, 16 - 18 March 2018, Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy. (Forthcoming)


The voice as radically-embodied personae
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Karantonis, P (2017) The voice as radically-embodied personae. In: Bodily Undoing: Somatic Activism and Performance Cultures as Practices of Critique, 16 -17 September 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


"Not just any voice; this is the human voice": the remediation of Jean Cocteau’s 'La voix humaine' in the English-language film adaptation 'The human voice' (1966)
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Karantonis, P (2017) "Not just any voice; this is the human voice": the remediation of Jean Cocteau’s 'La voix humaine' in the English-language film adaptation 'The human voice' (1966). In: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Congress, 9 July 2017, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands.


The land of Oz – lost and found in the colonial imaginarium of 'The Wizard of Oz'
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Karantonis, P (2014) The land of Oz – lost and found in the colonial imaginarium of 'The Wizard of Oz'. In: The Wizard of Oz and the Cultural Imagination, 21-22 November 2014, University of Brighton.


"The drama of the impostor": unmasking performance in Leigh Bowery’s acts of self-fashioning
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Karantonis, P (2014) "The drama of the impostor": unmasking performance in Leigh Bowery’s acts of self-fashioning. In: Research Cluster Event: Performance, Practice & Interactivity, 14 November 2014, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.


The future of feminist performance and staging gender
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Karantonis, P (2014) The future of feminist performance and staging gender. In: Symposium 2014 - Here, There, Everywhere: Making Connections Through Global Exchange, 10 April 2014, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Sidcup, UK.


Dialect, dialectics and vocal poetics: envoicing the other and transforming the self in/as actor training
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Karantonis, P and Langley, M (2014) Dialect, dialectics and vocal poetics: envoicing the other and transforming the self in/as actor training. In: The Voice of Training: Performer Training Working Group Interim Event (TaPRA), 7 May 2014, University of Portsmouth.


Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality
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Karantonis, P (2013) Cathy Berberian: pioneer of contemporary vocality. In: Interdisciplinary Voice Studies Inaugural Symposium: Philosophy and Praxis of Voice, 21 September 2013, University College, London, UK.


Transcribing vocality
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Karantonis, P (2013) Transcribing vocality. In: Re-Routing Performance: Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), 22 - 26 July 2013, Institute del Theatre, Barcelona, Spain.


'Travelling light': moving sound - theorising music's power in a live stage work on the silent film era
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Karantonis, P (2012) 'Travelling light': moving sound - theorising music's power in a live stage work on the silent film era. In: Sound and Performance, 4 - 7 October 2012, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany.


New voices, sustainable futures: music and theatre in the 21st century [panel convenor]
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Karantonis, P (2012) New voices, sustainable futures: music and theatre in the 21st century [panel convenor]. In: Performance Studies International PSi #18, 24 June - 1 July 2012, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.


A 21st century festival of indigenous opera? Dismantling the hierarchies of opera-making to build new audiences
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Karantonis, P (2011) A 21st century festival of indigenous opera? Dismantling the hierarchies of opera-making to build new audiences. In: Building Reconciliation and Social Cohesion through Indigenous Festival Performance: European Research Council Symposium, 18 November 2011, University College London Institute, Paris, France.


The global science of voice and the vocal school of nationhood – towards a model of understanding or refuting ‘national schools of singing’ in opera
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Karantonis, P (2011) The global science of voice and the vocal school of nationhood – towards a model of understanding or refuting ‘national schools of singing’ in opera. In: Tradition, Innovation, Community: International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference, 9 August 2011, University of Osaka, Osaka, Japan.


Opera as masterful nation building – the case of early 20th century Greece
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Karantonis, P (2011) Opera as masterful nation building – the case of early 20th century Greece. In: Performance Studies International PSi #17, 27 May 2011, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands.


Opera as activism – the case of indigenous Australia
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Karantonis, P (2009) Opera as activism – the case of indigenous Australia. In: The Politics of Opera - Centre and Periphery: Conceptualizing Music, Voice and Nation, European Humanities Research Council Colloquium, 9 October 2009, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.


The impersonal in performance: negotiating subjects in presentational performance cultures
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Karantonis, P (2008) The impersonal in performance: negotiating subjects in presentational performance cultures. In: Engaging Objects - Workshop of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, 26 March 2008, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


The politics of indigeneity and the limits of opera as activism: the case of Black River and the Royal Commission into Australian Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
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Karantonis, P (2007) The politics of indigeneity and the limits of opera as activism: the case of Black River and the Royal Commission into Australian Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. In: Song, Stage and Screen II Conference, 24 April 2007, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.


The tenor in decline? Narratives of nostalgia and the performativity of the operatic tenor
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Karantonis, P (2006) The tenor in decline? Narratives of nostalgia and the performativity of the operatic tenor. In: Song, Stage and Screen Inaugural Conference, 30 April 2006, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.


La Voix Humaine [staging and acting consultant]
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Karantonis, P (2016) La Voix Humaine [staging and acting consultant]. Renehan Hall, Maynooth University, Ireland, 21 July 2016.


New Vocalities [director and performer]
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Karantonis, P (2014) New Vocalities [director and performer]. Bath Spa University, Bath, UK, October 2014.


Postopera: reinventing the voice-body, Jelena Novak [book review]
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Karantonis, P (2017) Postopera: reinventing the voice-body, Jelena Novak [book review]. Studies in Musical Theatre, 10 (2). pp. 265-267. ISSN 1750-3159


'Acoustic interculturalism – listening to performance' by Marcus Cheng Chye Tan [book review]
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Karantonis, P (2012) 'Acoustic interculturalism – listening to performance' by Marcus Cheng Chye Tan [book review]. Studies in Musical Theatre, 6 (3). pp. 369-370. ISSN 1750-3159


'Singing opera in Germany – a practical guide' by Marita Knobel and Brigitte Steinert [book review]
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Karantonis, P (2007) 'Singing opera in Germany – a practical guide' by Marita Knobel and Brigitte Steinert [book review]. Studies in Musical Theatre, 1 (1). pp. 109-110. ISSN 1750-3159


Citizen artist — theatre, culture and community [conference review]
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Karantonis, P (2005) Citizen artist — theatre, culture and community [conference review]. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 11 (1). pp. 123-130. ISSN 1356-9783


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