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Dr. R.M. (Rutger) Helmers

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap
Photographer: Larisa Jackson

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18
  • Room number: 1.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 93058
    1090 BB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Rutger Helmers (1980) is Assistant Professor of Musicology, specialized in nineteenth-century music history, Russian music, opera, and nationalism. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2012 at Utrecht University under the supervision of Emile Wennekes and Marina Frolova-Walker (Clare College, University of Cambridge), and, in addition to his position at the University of Amsterdam, has taught at the Musicology programme at Utrecht University and Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. He has been an editor at the journal De Moderne Tijd (Modern Times: The Low Countries, 1780-1940) since 2015, and served as member the board of the KVNM (Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands) from 2016 to 2019. His current research focuses on musicians' travels in the nineteenth century, and musical representations of Ukraine in nineteenth-century Russian music. In relation to the latter project, he will be a HURI Research Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University in 2021/22.

  • Publications

    2020

    • Helmers, R. (2020). National and international canons of opera in Tsarist Russia. In C. Newark, & W. Weber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Operatic Canon (pp. 317-335). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190224202.013.21 [details]
    • van Nieuwkerk, M. M., Salters, L., Helmers, R. M., Kisjes, I., & van Oort, T. (Guest ed.) (2020). Operatic Productions in the Netherlands, 1886–1995: from Printed Annals to Searchable Performance Data. Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(2), 79-90. https://doi.org/10.1163/24523666-00502007 [details]

    2017

    • Helmers, R. M. (2017). Navigating the Local Elites: Travelling Musicians and their Encounters with the Russian Court and Aristocracy in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Manuscript submitted for publication.

    2014

    • Helmers, R. (2014). Not Russian Enough? Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Nineteenth-Century Russian Opera. (Eastman Studies in Music; No. 119). Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. [details]

    2010

    • Helmers, R. M. (2010). ‘It Just Reeks of Italianism': Traces of Italian Opera in 'A Life for the Tsar'. Music & Letters, 91(3), 376-405. https://doi.org/10.1093/ml/gcq058

    2018

    • Helmers, R. (2018). Borodin Aleksandr Porfir'evič. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 246-247). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2018). Glinka, Mihail Ivanovič. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 312-313). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2018). Musorgskij, Modest Petrovič. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 455). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2018). Rimskij-Korsakov, Nikolaj Andreevič. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 509-510). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2018). The travelling musician as cosmopolitan: Western performers and composers in mid-nineteenth-century St Petersburg and Moscow. In E. Kelly, M. Mantere, & D. Scott (Eds.), Confronting the National in the Musical Past (pp. 64-77). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315268279, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315268279-5 [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2018). Čaikovskij, Pëtr Il'ič. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (pp. 256). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2017

    • Helmers, R. (2017). [Review of: P. du Quenoy (2016) Alexander Serov and the Birth of the Russian Modern]. Music & Letters, 98(3), 485-487. https://doi.org/10.1093/ml/gcx070 [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2017). [Ukraine:] National-classical music. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Vol. 2, pp. 1455-1456). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2015

    • Helmers, R. (2015). National-classical music: Russian. In J. Leerssen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe Amsterdam: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms. [details]

    2014

    • Helmers, R., & Westbroek, P. (2014). Conflict en compassie: 200 jaar Richard Wagner. Amsterdam: Nationale Opera & Ballet. [details]

    2010

    • Helmers, R. M. (2010). N. A. Rimskij-Korsakov, 'Tsarskaja nevesta' i sud'ba muzyki v XX veke. In L. Ader, & J. Powell (Eds.), N. A. Rimskij-Korsakov i ego nasledie v istoričeskoj perspektive: materialy meždunarodnoj muzykovedečnoj konferencii (pp. 90-97). St Petersburg: GMTiMI.
    • Helmers, R. M. (2010). Rimsky-Korsakov, 'The Tsar’s Bride', and the Fate of Music in the 20th Century. In L. Ader, & J. Powell (Eds.), N. A. Rimskij-Korsakov i ego nasledie v istoričeskoj perspektive: materialy meždunarodnoj muzykovedečnoj konferencii (pp. 335-341). St Petersburg: GMTTiMI.

    2016

    • Helmers, R. (2016). [Review of: N. Rimsky-Korsakov. The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (2014) Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by M. Albrecht, geregiseerd door Dmitri Tscherniakov. DVD]. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 13(2), 387-389. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479409815000774 [details]

    2015

    2014

    • Helmers, R. (2014). Preface. In Gioacchino Rossini. Overture to Matilde di Shabran (Repertoire Explorer. Study Score; No. 1239). München: Musikproduktion Höflich. [details]
    • Helmers, R. (2014). Preface. In Sergey Vasil'yevich Rakhmaninov. Aleko (Opera Explorer. Study Score; No. 2028). München: Musikproduktion Höflich. [details]

    2013

    • Helmers, R. (2013). Preface. In Alexander Borodin. Das Meer: orchestriert von Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakow (Repertoire Explorer. Study Score; No. 1367). München: Musikproduktion Höflich. [details]

    2010

    • Helmers, R. M. (2010). [Bespreking van: C. Levine (2007) Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts]. Nexus, 54, 155-158.
    • Helmers, R. M. (2010). [Bespreking van: M. Steinberg, L. Rothe (2006) For the Love of Music: Invitations to Listening; T. Blanning (2008) The Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art; P. Kivy (2009) Antithetical Arts: On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music]. Nexus, 57, 201-205.

    2019

    • Helmers, R. M. (2019). Mixed messages: Reading portrayals of Ukraine in nineteenth-century Russian music. Paper presented at Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) Annual Conference, Vipiteno, Italy.

    2018

    • Helmers, R. M. (2018). The Nation and the Empire: Re-Examining Čajkovskij's "Ukrainian" Music. Paper presented at 25. Internationale Tagung der Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft, Tübingen, Germany.
    • Helmers, R. M. (2018). ‘The flattering souvenirs of St Petersburg’: Italian operatic performers in Russia, 1843–1885. Paper presented at Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference, Vipiteno, Italy.

    Membership

    • Helmers, R. (2016-2020). KVNM (Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis).

    Journal editor

    • Helmers, R. (member of editorial board) (2017-2021). De Moderne Tijd. De Lage Landen, 1780-1940 (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Helmers, R. (speaker) (29-9-2017). Rethinking Russian musical nationalism through César Cui, Rethinking the Dynamics of Musical Nationalism, Amsterdam.
    • Helmers, R. (speaker) & van Nieuwkerk, M. M. (speaker) (28-9-2017). Exploring the Dutch Opera Repertoire, CREATE Salon.

    Others

    • Helmers, R. (visiting researcher) (1-2-2022 - 31-5-2022). Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) (visiting an external institution).
    • Helmers, R. (organiser), Kamp, M. (organiser), Noorduin, M. (organiser) & Bonnet, N. (organiser) (29-6-2019). RMA-KVNM International Research Postgraduate Symposium in Musicology, Amsterdam. Postgraduate research is a vital part of the musicological discipline, and holds the potential to change engagements with music in new and important (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Titus, B. (participant), Seibt, F. O. (organiser) & Helmers, R. M. (organiser) (1-12-2018). Elvis lives in Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Moderating Panel Six: Real Musicians? (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Helmers, R. (organiser) & Seibt, F. O. (organiser) (29-11-2018). Madonna to Marsyas, Amsterdam. NICA Masterclass | Thursday 29 November, 9:30-11:30 | Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam, Singel 425, VondelzaalWith Lydia Goehr (Columbia (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Helmers, R. (organiser) & Seibt, F. O. (organiser) (29-11-2018 - 1-12-2018). Elvis lives in Amsterdam, Amsterdam. From Marvel’s Kiss comics of the late 1970s to Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger acting out different facets of Bob Dylan’s public persona in Todd (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Helmers, R. (organiser) & Alexander, T. (organiser) (16-12-2016). Russia and the Musical World, London. Co-organizer (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2012

    • Helmers, R. M. (2012). Not Russian Enough: The Negotiation of Nationalionalism in Nineteenth-Century Russian Opera.
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