Lecturer in Music

Frankie Stevens is an operatic soprano, metal musician and academic. 

She has a diverse range of interests that span across the history of music from classical to modern metal. Prior to joining Falmouth, Frankie studied Music (BMus) at the University of Birmingham specialising in operatic vocal performance and Arts and Culture (MA) at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands where her thesis explored women’s experiences of doom metal music and culture. Frankie’s research focuses mainly on metal music studies, and she has presented her work internationally at a number of academic conferences (UK, IE, NL). She has recently been published in the Metal Music Studies journal (2020) and is currently working on a book chapter for the upcoming publication Embodying the Music and Death Nexus: Consolations, Salvations, and Transformations.

In her early career, Frankie was part for the YMV Choir for the Cultural Olympiad and sang at a number of prestigious venues and events including the Team GB launch party ‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ at the Royal Albert Hall (attended by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and the Cultural Olympiad in conjunction with YMV: Royal Opera House performance with Gareth Malone OBE.

As a songwriter and performer, Frankie has toured the UK and Europe with black metal collective Denigrata and released the debut album Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor. She is also currently working on a dark folk female-duo
with Nachthexe entitled Dōlǒur.

Frankie Stevens staff image

Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2019 MA The University of Groningen
2016 BMus The University of Birmingham

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Frankie's research interests include: Extreme metal music and culture particularly through the lenses of feminist ethnography and musicology, and operatic performance and healthy singing. 

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Stevens, Frankie

    (2020), Blackened Audiotopia: Privatised Listening and Urban Experience, In: Metal Music Studies Journal, Intellect ltd, online, 6 (2), pp. 161-174, ISSN: 2052-4005, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Stevens, Frankie

    (2018), Defining Doom Through Women's Experience: Deterritorialising Doom Metal Signifiers, In: ISMMS/PSN Doing Metal, Being Punk,Doing Punk, Being Metal: Hybridity, Crossover and Difference in Punk and Metal Subcultures, 13-14 December 2018, De Montford University, Leicester UK., (Published)
  • Stevens, Frankie

    (2017), The Women of Doom: An Ethnographic Study of Women's Experience in Doom Metal, In: ICTM/SMI Annual Postgraduate Conference, 19-20 January 2018, The University of Maynooth, Ireland., (Published)
  • Waite, Simon

    (2023), Audiovisual Music Production: Influence of the Natural World on Process and Works, In: N/A, N/A, Penryn, Cornwall


Areas of teaching

  • Classical Singing
  • critical theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • popular music studies
  • Vocal studies

Courses taught

  • Popular Music BA(Hons)
  • Music BA(Hons)
  • Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)