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Catarina Braga


Catarina Braga

FCT PhD. fellow

She began her musical studies at the age of eight in Pequenos Cantores de Coimbra’s choir and later joined the singing course at the Music Conservatory of Coimbra. She completed the degree in singing in 2004 at the University of Aveiro and the master’s degree in music in 2013, at the same university. The theme of her master’s dissertation was “Music Theatre in Coimbra (1880-1910): genres, groups and contexts”. Her professional activity from 2001 to 2016 went through the teaching of singing, choir and musical theory. As a singer, she has collaborated in several choral projects, currently a member of Ensemble Manuel Faria and has performed in repertoire of chamber music, opera and oratorio. At the moment she attends the PhD in Musical Sciences in the FCSH-UNL, being interested mainly in the study of musical and theatrical activity in XIX century and beginning of XX century in Portugal. She is a fellow of the Doctoral Program in Music Sciences – Music as Culture and Cognition financed by FCT.


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The PhD thesis “Opera and musical theatre in amateur societies from the generation of 70 to the implantation of the Republic” aims to study in this period, the activity of associations and amateur societies in the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in the scope of the production and dissemination of the operetta and music theatre through the developed practices, repertoires and spaces where they proliferated. It also intends to discuss how the professional and amateur spheres interconnected, since the boundaries between these two worlds would not appear to be defined; how the repertoire created and presented has been disseminated in these contexts and whether there has been a repertoire or set of repertoires restricted to certain environments, or geographically located; or if, on the contrary, repertoire circuits have arisen around the associations; the differences and similarities in the capital amateur associations and a provincial city like Coimbra and how can the ideals and people who circulated between the two cities have influenced this activity.

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