Karen Henson

Karen Henson is associate professor of Musicology at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century opera, singers and opera performance, and opera and technology. Professor Henson trained at the University of Oxford and in Paris, and her work has been supported by fellowships and awards from The British Academy, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in the Cambridge Opera Journal, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and in the edited volumes L’Opéra en France et en Italie and Le Spectaculaire dans les arts de la scène. She has also contributed articles to the The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia. Henson recently completed her first book, Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She is now finishing an edited volume on sopranos and technology, which will also be appearing with Cambridge, and working on a new book, on opera and early sound recording. She has been a regular guest speaker for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the BBC.


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