Alexandra Wilson receives prestigious award from the American Musicological Society

Alexandra Wilson (Music) has been awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award by the American Musicological Society for her monograph The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007). This award honours a musicological book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career (defined as being within ten years of completion of the PhD). This is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a scholar from outside North America. Dr Wilson received her award on November 8 2008 at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held in Nashville, Tennessee. She also presented a paper at the conference on the subject of ‘Puccini the modernist’.

The Puccini Problem is the first detailed investigation of the critical reception and cultural contexts of Puccini’s operas, and offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. In addition to winning the Lewis Lockwood Award, the book has recently been translated into Greek, and has also been selected by Cambridge University Press for reissue in paperback.

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