Lauma Mellēna-Bartkeviča is theatre scholar, music and theatre critic and journalist, who pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Latvia and defended her doctoral thesis Richard Wagner’s operas in the 21st century: the Ring cycle productions in Riga and their contextualization in 2018, receiving a PhD degree in Arts.
Since 2004, she has published articles, interviews and reviews on opera, concerts and theatre in Latvian printed and electronic media: apollo.lv, satori.lv, kroders.lv, newspaper Neatkarīgā Rīta avīze, music and theatre magazines Mūzikas Saule and Teātra Vēstnesis, regular invited expert at Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika” programs of music life analysis Post Factum and Atspere. Author of series of articles Voice: behind the scenes, consisting of interviews with singers and voice teachers from Latvia and abroad in music magazine Mūzikas Saule. Author of several scientific publications, co-author of collective monograph Neatkarības laika teātris (Theatre since Independence, ed. by E. Tišheizere, LU LFMI, 2021), author of the idea and editor of the compendium of articles Contemporary Latvian Theatre 2010-2020. A Decade Bookazine (LTDS/apgāds Zinātne, 2020).
Since October 2020, Lauma Mellēna-Bartkeviča is a researcher of the National Research Program CARD implemented at the Latvian Academy of Music and working in the sub-project Music culture in Latvia in the 20ies-30ies and the second half of the 20th century: less researched processes, issues, problems. In 2021, she was elected in the position of researcher at the SRC of the Academy. Research interests of Lauma Mellēna-Bartkeviča mainly concern vocal arts, opera, music and dramatic theatre including the development of the genres interacting with media, technologies and society.