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Christina Michael

PhD student

Department of Music

E: christina.michael.1@city.ac.uk

Title of thesis: Contemplating Genre and Identity in Greek Popular Song: The Theatrical Compositions of Manos Hadjidakis (1944-1966)

Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Lingas

Overview and research interests

Christina's current research focuses on the theatrical compositions of the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis and the ways in which the composer contributed to the creation of the 'art-popular' [èntechno laikò] tradition in Greece. She also contemplates the relationship of Hadjidakis with Greek literature modernism of the 1930s.

She is working on both published and unpublished compositions. Hadjidakis' compositions for both contemporary and ancient Greek theatre raise issues of politics, authenticity, musical continuity and national identity.

Research interests:

  • Modern Greek Song
  • 'Art-popular' Music
  • Music and Theatre
  • Music in/for Ancient Greek Drama
  • Music and Identity
  • Music and Politics
  • Music and Poetry


  • City, University of London: Introductory Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education
  • King’s College, University of London: MMus Musicology
  • City University London: BMus

Conference Papers

  • 'The Compositions of Manos Hadjidakis for Ancient Greek Drama: Issues of Authenticity and National Identity', Symposium,  MASTERING THE MIX: Interdisciplinarity in Musicology and Compositional Practice, June 2013, Oxford, UK
  • 'A Musical Approach of Ancient Greek Comedy on Modern Greek Stage: The Compositions for Plato, Lysistrata and Birds by Manos Hadjidakis.', Conference, Spaces and Places in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama, June 2014, London and Oxford, UK
  • 'Issues of Authenticity and National Identity in Greek Popular Music: The Entechno Laiko [art-popular] tradition', Conference, The Languages of Popular Music: Communicating Regional Music in a Globalized World, September 2014, Osnabruck, Germany
  • 'The employment of cultural and musical continuity in Manos Hadjidakis' 1949 Lecture on Rebetiko', Conference, Continuities, Discontinuities, Ruptures in the Greek World (1204-2014): Economy, Society, History, Literature, October 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 'Issues of Authenticity and National Identity in Greek Popular Music', Conference, Identities: An Interdisciplinary Approach, October 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 'Manos Hadjidakis’ Early Compositions for Contemporary Greek Theatre (1946-1965): Hellenicity at Stake', Conference, Exoticism, Orientalism, and National Identity in Musical Theatre, December 2015, Budapest, Hungary.


  • Michael, Christina, 'The Employment of Cultural and Musical continuity in Manos Hadjidakis' 1949 Lecture on Rebetiko', in Proceedings of Ε' European Conference of Modern Greek Studies, vol. E, ed. by Konstantinos Dimadis (Thessaloniki: European Society of Modern Greek Studies, 2014), 523-532.
  • Michael, Christina, 'Authenticity and Identity in Greek Popular Music: The Art-Popular Song', Porte Akademik, 12 (2015), 22-28.


City, University of London, 2014/2015

Leading reading groups for the BMus modules of City University 'Investigating Western Music 1: Music from 1450-1850' and 'Investigating Western Music 2: Music from 1848'