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Arthur Groos

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Emeritus Professor
German and Italian opera, text-music relationships
Ph.D., Cornell University
Tel#: 607-255-8354
182 Goldwin Smith


Arthur Groos is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of German Studies, Medieval Studies, and Music at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1973, having served as Director of Medieval Studies from 1974-86 and Chair of German Studies from 1986-91 and 1996-99. Co-editor of Reading Opera (Princeton, 1988) and co-author of Giacomo Puccini: La boh√®me (Cambridge, 1986) and Medieval Christian Literary Imagery: A Guide to Interpretation (Toronto, 1988), other publications include Romancing the Grail: Genre, Science, and Quest in Wolfram’s Parzival (Cornell, 1995), Madama Butterfly 1904-2004: Fonti e documenti (Lucca, 2005), five edited volumes, and numerous articles on medieval literature, the Age of Goethe, and German and Italian opera. Founding co-editor of the Cambridge Opera Journal, he is also general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Opera and co-editor of Transatlantische Studien, a monograph series on medieval and early modern culture. A co-founder and vice president of the Centro studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, Italy, he is editor of Studi pucciniani. The honors he has received include Guggenheim and Senior Fulbright Fellowships, the American Society of Composers and Publishers Deems Taylor Award, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. Research in progress includes the Cambridge opera handbook on Tristan und Isolde, a book on Madama Butterfly, and a study of Kaja Saariajo’s L’Amour de loin.

Teaching and research interests in German include the courtly love-song (Minnesang) and Arthurian romance, history of science, early modern city culture, and the Age of Goethe. His teaching and research interests in music have focused principally on opera, but also include the role of music in constructions of national identity, text-music relationships, and contemporary music theater.

In fall 2007, he will be Fowler Hamilton Senior Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and in spring 2008 the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Nachkontakt Fellowship in Berlin.