Dr Francesca Placanica will give the première of a newly re-arranged monodrama, produced by Bath Spa Live, in Bath Spa University (UK) on October 22nd 2014. The performance is part of Dr Placanica's major artistic research project on female performers/composers in 20th- and 21st-century musical monodrama. This performance will be accompanied by a research seminar on the overall project on October 23rd at which Dr Placanica’s new book will also be launched. The book, Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality (Ashgate, 2014, eds. Karantonis, Placanica, Sivuoja, Verstraete), celebrates Berberian’s unorthodox path through musical landscapes, including her approach to performance practice, gender performativity, vocal pedagogy and the culturally-determined borders of art music, the concert stage, the popular LP and the opera industry of her times.