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Marcia J. Citron
Professor Emerita of Musicology

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Marcia J. Citron, is Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology. A member of the faculty since 1976, Citron specializes in music of the Romantic era, opera, opera in film, and gender issues in music. In addition to numerous articles, she has authored four books, including Letters of Fanny Hensel to Felix Mendelssohn (Pendragon Press, 1987; cited as an "Outstanding Book" by Choice Magazine), Cécile Chaminade: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1988), and the award-winning Gender and the Musical Canon (Cambridge University Press, 1993; Pauline Alderman Prize for Most Important Book on Women in Music), which has been issued in a reprint edition (2000). Citron's current research focuses on opera on film and television. In addition to a seminal article on Zeffirelli's Otello (Musical Quarterly), she has written interpretive studies of Peter Sellars' telecast version of Cosi fan tutte and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's opera films (Le nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto) as well as two book-length studies: Opera on Screen (Yale University Press 2000) and When Opera Meets Film (Cambridge Studies in Opera, 2010). She is also exploring the links between third-wave feminism and musicology. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic and Exchange Service, and Rice University. In the American Musicological Society, she is currently chair of the Einstein Committee, which confers an award on the best musicological article by a junior scholar published the previous year.