Dr. Matthew Gardner joined the OPERA project as a research fellow in 2014. After studying Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he specialized in musicology, harpsichord and organ, he went on to gain a PhD in musicology from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 2007, supported by the DAAD. From 2008 to 2011 he was a lecturer in the same department and assistant to Prof Silke Leopold, after which he was the principal investigator of the DFG-project ‘The Business of Singing in England 1660–1760’ between 2011 and 2014. His research centres around George Frideric Handel and his English contemporaries, as well as singers active in London between 1660 and 1780, music during the first half of the eighteenth century, historically informed performance, study skills for musicologists, and digital editions. He is also active as an editor for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe and is currently working on an edition of Deborah; for his edition of Handel’s Wedding Anthems he was awarded the 2014 International Handel Research Prize.
Janine Droese M. A. has been a research assistant and editor at the OPERA project since March 2009. She studied musicology, culture management and education at Franz Liszt University of Music (Weimar), Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) and the University of Paderborn, completing her studies with a master’s thesis on Gérard Grisey’s Vortex temporum (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service). She was a scholarly assistant in Jena University’s junior research group on early 12th-century music (July–December 2006) and a research assistant at Hamburg University (January–March 2007). Between 2007 and 2009 she held teaching appointments at the universities of Hamburg and Bayreuth. She is currently writing a dissertation on the perception of music from the 13th to 16th centuries, supported by a two-year grant from the Hamburg State Graduates Fund and a three-month scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service that allows her to work at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours.
Tina Köth-Kley M.A. joined the OPERA project as a research fellow in July 2016. She studied musicology and English at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and the University of York, completing her studies with a master’s thesis on „ballet music in Stuttgart in the 18th century“. She is currently working on her dissertation on Louis Spohr’s opera Faust.
Janette Seuffert M. A. studied musicology, theatre sciences (with special emphasis on music theatre) and music education at Bayreuth University and the Høgskolen and Universitetet in Bergen, Norway. She completed her studies with a master’s thesis on Agostino Steffani and the Munich court opera. Since 2009 she has been a research assistant and editor at the project OPERA ¬ Spectrum of European Music Theatre in Separate Editions. Besides her editorial work she has held several teaching appointments in musicology.
Christin Seidenberg, M.A. joined the OPERA project as a research fellow in February 2017. She studied musicology, philosophy and art history at the Technical University of Dresden, the University of Vienna and the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, completing her studies with a master’s thesis on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, examining the sources and their filiation. From 2007 to 2009 she was a student assistant and from 2009 to 2011 a freelancer for the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe (Tübingen). She is currently completing her PhD dissertation on the sacred music of Antonio Lotti, previously supported by a grant from the German National Academic Foundation, the German Historical Institute (Rome) and the German Study Centre (Venice).