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John Snelson

ROH Staff

Biography

John Snelson is Head of Publishing and Interpretation at the Royal Opera House. He joined the Royal Opera House as Editor in 2001 and was appointed to his current post (formerly titled Commissioning Editor) in 2006.

Snelson studied at the universities of Nottingham, Reading and Birmingham, where he took his PhD. He was a Senior Internal Editor for the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 1994–2000 and has written widely about the lyric stage, including programme articles for many companies and for such publications as Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Cambridge Companion to the Musical, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. His books include The Ring at Covent Garden for Oberon/ROH and Andrew Lloyd Webber for Yale University Press.

His role at the Royal Opera House is to lead the team that creates publications (print and online) that set opera and ballet repertory in historical, cultural and factual contexts for audiences and for the organization.

Posts by John Snelson

Why film directors love Italian opera

28 November 2017
Why film directors love Italian opera

It’s often said that a good film score is one you don’t directly notice, but in Raging Bull and The Godfather, the music is front and centre.

More than pitch: operatic voices

12 October 2017
More than pitch: operatic voices

Do you know your mezzo-soprano from your countertenor? Discover the subtleties of opera's voice types

‘Heads will roll’: Oriental theatre and the staging of Puccini’s Turandot

6 July 2017
‘Heads will roll’: Oriental theatre and the staging of Puccini’s <em>Turandot</em>

References to China, Chinese theatre and Eastern imagery run through Andrei Serban's production of Turandot.