Short CV/Education and training

  • Christine Fischer studied Musicology, Art history and Italian in Munich and Los Angeles (on scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service).

  • After working freelance for the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, she was an adjunct at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

  • She received her doctorate in 2004; her dissertation was on the compositional accomplishments of the Saxon electoral princess Maria Antonia Walpurgis (Bärenreiter 2007).

  • She has been Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professor at the Schola Cantorum Basilienis since May 2007.

  • As the head of an interdisciplinary research team on Italian opera at German-speaking courts during the 17th and 18th centuries, her work follows two main strands: the development of a scholarly methodology for approximating historical opera performances, and the conception and scholarly support of the opera class's yearly projects at the Schola Cantorum.

Selected publications

  • Christine Fischer: Instrumentierte Visionen weiblicher Macht – Maria Antonia Walpurgis' Werke als Bühne politischer Selbstinszenierung, (= Schweizer Beiträge zur Musikforschung 7), Kassel u. a.: Bärenreiter 2007

  • Christine Fischer (Hg.): Oper als "Gesamtkunstwerk" – zum Verhältnis der Künste im barocken Musiktheater (= Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis 33), Winterthur: Amadeus 2012

  • Christine Fischer (Hg.), "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina". Räume und Inszenierungen in Francesca Caccinis Ballettoper (Florenz, 1625), (= Zwischentöne 1), Zürich Chronos, 2015

  • Christine Fischer: Zur "Türkengefahr" in La Betulia liberata (Pietro Metastasio/Georg Reutter): Die Dramaturgie des Fremden in der Aufführungstradition der Wiener Oratorien. In: Europa und die Türkei im 18. Jahrhundert. Hg. v. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp. Göttingen: V&R unipress 2011, S. 111-141

  • Christine Fischer: Inszenierte Geschichte? Joseph Haydns und Carlo Francesco Badinis L'anima del filosofo als Gattungspoetik. In: Verhandlungen mit der (Musik-)Geschichte. Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis 32 (2008), S. 67-86

  • Christine Fischer: Engravings of Opera Stage Settings as Festival Books – Thoughts on a New Perspective of Well-Known Sources. In: Music in Art 34 (2009), S. 73-88

  • Christine Fischer: Lucie Dikenmann-Balmer – zu einer der frühesten Universitätskarrieren einer Frau im Fach Musikwissenschaft. In: Geschlecht und Wissen. Beiträge der 10. Schweizerischen Historikerinnentagung 2002. Hg. v. Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger, Dominique Grisard, Christine Späti. Zürich: Chronos, 2004, S. 249-265



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Italian opera at German courts in the 17th and 18th centuries, in conjunction with the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Bern, and the Art History Seminar at the University of Basel, 2007 – 2013

  • Project head, scholarly support for the production of Francesca Caccini's "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina", opera class of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis at the Eventhalle Blinde Kuh, Basel, Switzerland, and at the Semper 2, Dresden, Germany, 2012

  • Scholarly support for productions of Klangwandeln im Zeitlabyrinth der Bibliothek ("Wandering sounds in the library's labyrinth of time"), an evening of Baroque opera with the opera class of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, at the Basel Music Academy's Vera Oeri Library, 2011

  • Scholarly support for productions of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera "Penelope la casta" (Naples 1697) by the opera class of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, at the Wettsteinsaal, Basel, 2009; named three times in the yearbook of the journal Opernwelt (Opera World) in the categories "Rediscovery" and "Young artist" (Flavio Ferri-Benedetti)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

  • Co-president of ForumMusikDiversität Schweiz (FMD, a Swiss centre of competence for music, gender and diversity)

Additional qualifications

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, 2007


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2004 – 2007 Parental leave

  • Mother of four children


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