1. Faculty

Melanie Gudesblatt

Music History and Literature

Courses Taught

  • Opera and Power

Education

  • PhD in Music, University of California, Berkeley
  • MMus, King's College London
  • BA in Music, Cornell University, magna cum laude

Awards and Distinctions

  • American Musicological Society Holmes/D'Accone Dissertation Fellowship in Opera Studies
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Short Term Grant
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Publications

  • "Origins of a Menschendarstellerin: Characterization and Operatic Performance in fin-de-siècle Vienna" (Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 2019)

What is your hometown?

Sayville, New York

What is your favorite recording?

Rafael Kubelík and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Dvořák Symphonies No. 8 & 9; Billy Joel: River of Dreams

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Cooking, baking, and wine tasting with friends; boxing; taking walks; reading Agatha Christie novels; waste reduction

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

What can we do to help me better understand this idea/reading/assignment?

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When my undergraduate advisor (in the history department) alerted me to the fact that I tended to find ways to bring the conversation around to the history of music in my assignments for history courses.

What was a turning point in your career?

When I finally figured out my dissertation topic.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Sondheim

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Vienna, 1900