João Pedro Cachopo is a writer, translator, and researcher in the fields of musicology, philosophy, and artistic studies. His research interests focus primarily on the relationship between aesthetics and politics, the interaction of music with other arts and contemporary philosophy. He earned a degree in Musicology (2005) and a PhD in Philosophy (2011) from the Nova University of Lisbon, where he is an Invited Professor and an Integrated Researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music. He currently holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (funded by the European Commission) to pursue research on the aesthetic and political implications of the relationship between cinema and opera at the University of Chicago and the Nova University of Lisbon. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Universität Potsdam (2008), Université Paris 8 (2009), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2010), University of Durham (2012) and Columbia University in the City of New York (2015), as well as an Invited Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (2016) and at the Universidade Federal de Campinas (2016). He has presented his work in Portugal, Brazil, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland. He authored Verdade e Enigma: Ensaio sobre o pensamento estético de Adorno (Vendaval, 2013), which received the First Book Award from the Portuguese PEN Club in 2014, and co-edited Pensamento Crítico Contemporâneo (Edições 70, 2014) and Estética e Política entre as Artes (Edições 70, 2017). His work has also appeared in collective volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Parrhesia: a Journal of Critical Philosophy, Opera Quarterly, and New German Critique. He translated into Portuguese Georges Didi-Huberman and Jacques Rancière. Currently, he is co-editing, with Chris Stover and Patrick Nickleson, a collective volume on Rancière and music (forthcoming in Edinburgh University Press) and preparing a monograph with the tentative title The Profanation of Opera: Music and Drama on Film.
Mário Vieira de Carvalho is a Full Professor of the Sociology of Music at FCSH, Chairman of the CESEM, and member of the Direction of the Europaïsche Musiktheater-Akademie (European Academy of Music-Theater). He is the author of a vast array of scientific publications on the history, sociology, and aesthetics of opera, including a monograph on the National Opera House of Portugal titled Denken ist Sterben: Sozialgeschichte des Opernhauses Lissabon (Bärenreiter, 1999), and ‘Por lo imposible andamos’: A ópera como teatro de Gil Vicente a Stockhausen [‘Por lo imposible andamos’: Opera as Theatre from Gil Vicente to Stockhausen] (Âmbar, 2005), among other books (14) and scientific articles/book chapters (over 100). Besides being a prolific scholar, he is also renowned for his extraordinary capacity in mentoring young and experienced researchers, as evidenced by the number of master (12), doctoral (10) and post-doctoral (8) researchers who work or have worked with him over the past decades. Prof. Vieira de Carvalho has also participated in several international projects/networks, including the project “Images of Music” (involving the FCSH and Universität Innsbruck, 2002-2003), and the Network of Excellence REWERSE (involving numerous European Universities, 2004-2005). Last but not the least, he has served as a Visiting Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2000) and King’s College (2005), and was the Secretary of State for Culture of the Portuguese Government (2005-2008).
David J. Levin is The Addie Clark Harding Professor at the University of Chicago (in the Departments of Cinema & Media Studies, Germanic Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies), and Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry. Prof. Levin is a scholar of international renown for his work on the intersections of cinema, theatre, and opera. His publications testify to his longstanding and deep commitment to topics of major importance for the fellow's research project. These publications include an edited book, Opera Through Other Eyes (Stanford University Press, 1994), and two monographs, Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal (Princeton University Press, 1998/2000), and Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Zemlinsky (University of Chicago Press, 2010), along with more than 25 articles on related topics. He has participated in several international projects involving the University of Chicago and, among others, the Freie Universität Berlin (“The Praxes of Theory”, 2008-to date) and Konstanz Universität (“Towards a Cultural Poetics of Entries and Exits”, 2005-2012). Over his career he directed about 25 MA theses, 10 PhD dissertations and supervised 7 post-doctoral projects. Since 2005, he has also served as the executive editor of the Opera Quarterly (published by Oxford University Press). In addition to his academic work, he has spent a number of years working as a dramaturg, mostly in Germany (e.g. at the Frankfurt Opera, the Bremen Opera, and the Frankfurt Ballet) but also at Lyric Opera of Chicago and for opera cabal, an avantgarde opera company based in New York and Chicago. Given the range of his research interests at the crossroads of opera studies, performance theory and film studies, not to mention the interdisciplinary and comparative nature of his approach, it is no exaggeration to say that the kinship between Prof. Levin’s work and the fellow's own research could hardly be stronger.