Alexandra Burkot

Schwarz Fellow (Music)

Alexandra is a fourth year PhD student in musicology at Brandeis University. Her research covers a wide variety of areas, including Soviet popular music, musical interpretations of antiquity, and digital performance practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, she also performs as an opera singer, having most recently sung the role of Donna Elvira in Bodrum, Turkey, with the Vocal Academy of Opera and Musical Arts in 2021. 

Her project at the Gennadius Library is a critical evaluation of Dimitri Levidis’s L’Iliade against the history of the oratorio and in the context of both the Metaxas regime and the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II. Alexandra's research draws on the study of Homeric reception in Greek literature and political philosophy from the medieval period to the modern era, as well as scholarship of Greek musical modernism in the 1930s and 1940s.