Richard Erkens (born 1977) started his studies at the University of Bayreuth (Theatre Studies, Musicology and German Literature) and continued at the Free University, Berlin, where he graduated in 2005 with an M.A. In 2007, he attained research fellowships at the German Centre for Venetian Studies and the German Historical Institute in Rome. He was awarded his PhD at the Free University, Berlin, in 2010, with a thesis on the Italian composer Alberto Franchetti. In 2011, he was assistant lecturer at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and a freelance journalist in Berlin. At the Lübeck Theatre he was in charge of the musical dramaturgy of operas and concerts as well as artistic deputy opera-director from 2011 to 2015. Since then he has been a research assistant at the German Historical Institute in Rome, working on a new research project on the Role and influence of impresarios in 18th century Italy. Since 2016/17 he has been an assistant lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Main Research Interests
History of Opera/Musical Theatre in 19th/20th century; Musical dramaturgy/ Musical journalism; Opera production in 18th century Italy; Alberto Franchetti