Christopher Chowrimootoo

Christopher Chowrimootoo

Assistant Professor
Program of Liberal Studies

B.A., Music, Jesus College, University of Oxford; M.St., Musicology, Merton College, University of Oxford; M.A./Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Harvard University

Research Profile

Christopher Chowrimootoo’s research is located at the intersection between the history, historiography and aesthetics of musical modernism, and seeks to put pressure on common assumptions about a so-called “great divide” between modernism and mass culture. This involves reviving mid-twentieth-century ideas about “middlebrow” culture and aesthetics, as well as offering materialist revisions to traditional modernist histories. Both approaches come together in his book project, Middlebrow Modernism: Britten’s Operas and the Great Divide, which examines the production and reception of Britten’s operas as a case study for the wider ways in which twentieth-century composers, critics and audiences mediated and confused the “great divide”. 

His publications include articles and essays in Eighteenth-Century Music, Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. His article "Bourgeois Opera: Death in Venice and the Aesthetics of Sublimation" was awarded both the Royal Musical Association's Jerome Roche Prize (for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career) and the Kurt Weill Foundation Prize (for outstanding scholarship in music theater since 1900).

Curriculum Vita

Contact Information

215 O'Shaughnessy
574-631-6148
Christopher.Chowrimootoo.1@nd.edu