Kristen Clough defends dissertation


Earlier this week, SMR member Kristen Clough successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth Republic Opera, 1945–1958” (abstract below). Congratulations, Kristen, and all the best with final revisions! Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth Republic … Continue reading Kristen Clough defends dissertation

SMR presents at "'Les Six' at 100" in droves


Recently, SMR members Kristen Clough, Michaela Franzen, and Jessica Grimmer presented papers at “Within and Without: ‘Les Six’ at 100” at Princeton University, a conference held in celebration of the centennial of the group’s coalescence. (For titles and abstracts of their papers, please see below.) This conference featured a wide diversity of papers, panels, and … Continue reading SMR presents at "'Les Six' at 100" in droves

SMR Forum proposal-review session


With the deadlines for proposals to present at a number of major conferences looming, SMR Forum recently held a proposal-review session where SMR members could exchange abstracts and receive feedback on their work. In view of the variety and quality of proposals exchanged, the 2020 conference season promises to be a busy one for SMR … Continue reading SMR Forum proposal-review session

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Katerina Izmailova?


“What struck me most, initially, was the overall harshness of the opera. There is a lot of sex, violence, coercion, derision, and passion, and none of it is portrayed coyly. Within the first act there are two sexual assaults, and in the second, Katerina Izmailova is the victim. I sat in my seat and squirmed, squinting through the darkness to discern if anyone else was as uncomfortable as I was…”

Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 


Earlier this week, the Student-Faculty Reading group, organized by SMR Forum and the Musicology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, met to discuss Marianna Ritchey’s book Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era. Apart from the usual stimulating discussion of a pressing topic, those present at this month’s meeting had the opportunity to pose … Continue reading Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital