Melanie began her studies at Cornell University (BA in Music, 2009) and received a masters from King’s College London (MMus, 2011) before entering the PhD program in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation, entitled “Opera Upside Down: Reimagining the Operatic Voice, ca. 1890-1920,” examines how and why the operatic voice, previously understood as an organ whose primary purpose it was to sing, became re-conceived as an organ that sounded in German opera culture, as well as the ramifications of this shift on opera composition, questions of genre, and discursive constructions of voice.
Presentations & Publications
“Hamilton, History, and Us” Presented at the conference “EZ Music” (Berkeley, 2016).
“Elektra and the Ambiguity of the Scream” Presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Louisville, 2015).
“Riots, Revision, and Rupture: Insurrection in Luc Bondy’s Don Carlos” Presented at the conference “Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today” (New York, 2013).