Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

School of Music

PhD, BMus (Hons), BMus


Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson is an Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is also an International Director of the Chopin Birthday Concerts Festival (Warsaw, Poland), and Cultural Consultant for EDmissionUK. She is a musicologist, writer, presenter, pianist, and opera director. She has appeared as presenter and researcher in the documentary André Tchaikowsky (entertaining: tv, 2014). As opera director, she focuses on rarely staged works; her productions include Taneyev’s Oresteia (2009), Salieri’s Les Danaides (2010), and Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss (2012).

Anastasia’s recent appearances on BBC Radio 3 included Composer of the Week (a programme about Sergey Taneyev), and Music Matters (about André Tchaikowsky).

Research Interests

Anastasia is working with Professor Derek Scott on a project German Operetta in London and New York in 1907-37: Cultural Transfers, which is supported by a five-year research grant from the European Research Council. Within this project, she is looking at operetta in Poland in the early twentieth century.

Her research interests include nineteenth-century music, opera, Wagner and his influences on Russian composers, modern operas written on Greek dramas, and twentieth-century British music, and she published and presented widely on these topics.

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