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Professor Roger Parker FBA

The history of opera, particularly in 19th-century Italy; editorial work on Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini; critical theory; film music
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About this Fellow

Roger Parker is Professor of Music at King's College London, having previously taught at Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge. He is General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti critical edition, published by Ricordi. His most recent books are 'Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio' (University of California Press, 2006); and 'A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years' (Penguin, UK/Norton, US, 2012), written jointly with Carolyn Abbate. He is now working on a book about music in London in the 1830s, and is Director of the ERC-funded project 'Music in London, 1800-1851'.



Current post

  • Thurston Dart Professor of Music, King's College London

Past Appointments

  • Assistant (then Associate) Professor, Cornell University, 1982 - 1993
  • Lecturer (then Professor), University of Oxford, 1994 - 1999
  • Professor, University of Cambridge, 1999 - 2006
  • Thurston Dart Professor of Music, King's College London, University of London, King's College London University of London, 2007 - 1970


Puccini: Manon Lescaut (critical edition) 2013


A History of Opera 2012


Leonora's Last Act 1997


Remaking the Song 2006


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