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Roger Parker is Thurston Dart Professor of Music. He studied at the University of London, first at Goldsmiths College, then at King's College. In 1982 he moved to Cornell University in upstate New York, where he was Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor. In 1994 he returned to England to become Lecturer in Music (later Professor) and Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford. In 1999 he became Professor of Music at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of St John's College and (in 2005-6) Chair of the School of Arts and Humanities. In 2002 he was Ernest Bloch Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; in 2006-11 he delivered free public lectures as Professor of Music at Gresham College; in 2007-9 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; in 2008 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. For much of his career, Roger Parker's work centred on opera, in particular Italian opera of the 19th century. For ten years he was founding co-editor (with Arthur Groos) of the Cambridge Opera Journal, and he continues as General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti Critical Edition. He now works on music in 19th-century London. He received the Premio Giuseppe Verdi in 1986, was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1986-7, and in 1991 was awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association. He is at present Director of the five-year, ERC-funded project "Music in London, 1880-1851".

Research interests (short)

Opera, especially Italian opera of the 19th century; critical theory; music in 19th-century London.


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