Anna Maria Barry is a freelance writer, researcher and cultural historian. She writes features on history, food, travel and the arts for a wide range of publications including BBC Music Magazine, BBC History Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Coast Magazine and Opera Magazine. She has also worked as a freelance researcher on a series of documentary films.

Anna is currently in the final stages of her PhD at Oxford Brookes University, where she works on the cultural history of the nineteenth century. Her thesis is about the fascinating men who sang opera in this period – they were the rock stars of their day!

In 2016 Anna curated an exhibition on the Victorian opera singer Sir Charles Santley, which was held at Liverpool Central Library.