Re-defining ‘Me’: exploring career transition and the experience of loss in the context of redundancy for professional opera choristers

Jane Oakland, Paul Flowers, Raymond MacDonald

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This paper presents an in-depth, qualitative investigation into the impact of job loss for seven opera choristers. The paper focuses on their perception of this loss and how this perception influences the experience of career transition and subsequent redefinition of the self. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is used to highlight the individual nature of dealing with loss and transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalMusicae Scientiae
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • loss
  • opera choristers
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • redundancy

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