This study presents a qualitative investigation into the effects of enforced occupational change on a professional musical identity. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is used to explore the meaning of redundancy for six professional opera choristers. The paper highlights aspects of career disruption that are unique to singers who make their living using a biologically embedded instrument.
- professional identity
- musical identitity
- opera singer
- interpretative phenomenological analysis
Oakland, J., MacDonald, R., & Flowers, P. (2013). Identity in crisis: the role of work in the formation and renegotiation of a musical identity. British Journal of Music Education, 30(2), 261-276. https://doi.org/10.1017/S026505171300003X