Professor Ludmilla Jordanova joins our Board of Trustees
Everyone at Mahogany Opera is thrilled that Ludmilla has joined the board – her breadth of knowledge and experience (from science to the visual arts) and her passion for interdisciplinarity and the meeting point between performance and research will open up our work to a myriad of influences and opportunities.
I am thrilled and honoured to join the Board of Mahogany Opera Group at such an exciting point in its life. Attending a performance of some Snappy Operas in 2018 was my introduction to an organisation that is innovative, open-minded and dynamic. The more I learn about Mahogany and its guiding ideas, the more enthusiastic I become. The commitment and vision of the Mahogany team and of the board are inspiring, and I hope to contribute to the success and vitality of this wonderful creative venture.
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova
Ludmilla Jordanova grew up in Oxford where her love of classical music took root, and she experienced her first opera, Rigoletto, aged about 8. She studied at Cambridge University, undertaking a doctorate there in the history of science. She has worked at several universities in the UK and elsewhere, and is currently Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University. Ludmilla also has a training in art history and theory, as well as strong interests in interdisciplinarity. She was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery 2001-9, the Science Museum Group 2011-21, and joined the Mahogany Board in March 2020. Her publications are in the areas of the history of science and medicine, portraiture, historiography, visual culture and contemporary visual arts.
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