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Louise K. Stein

Professor of Musicology
Office: 3229 Moore

Professor Stein is an authority on European, Spanish, and colonial Latin American music of the late Renaissance and baroque eras, with particular emphasis on theater music and opera. Before coming to Michigan, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at The University of Chicago. In 1998 she was an invited professor at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hayes, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Delmas Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Committee for Cultural Cooperation between the United States and Spain. At U-M, she is an advisor in the LSA Music program, and has been active in the Michigan Society of Fellows, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Latin American Studies, and as a faculty affiliate in Romance Languages and Literatures.

She has published a long list of essays, and has given lectures and seminars in Europe, Latin America, the U.K., and the U.S. Her first book, Songs of Mortals, Dialogues of the Gods: Music and Theatre in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Oxford University Press, 1993), was awarded a publication subvention from the American Musicological Society, as well as the 1995 First Book Prize from the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. She subsequently produced the expanded second edition of Howard Mayer Brown, Music in the Renaissance (Prentice-Hall, 1999). Her performing edition of the first opera performed in the Americas, La púrpura de la rosa (Lima, 1701), by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco and Juan Hidalgo, was published in Madrid in 1999, and used for the BMG Classics recording directed by Andrew Lawrence-King, for which she also served as artistic advisor. She has collaborated regularly with Jordi Savall.  Her work for Mary Springfels and the Newberry Consort produced ¡Ay amor! (Harmonia Mundi). Her critical performing edition of Celos aun del aire matan (Madrid, 1660) is forthcoming from A-R Editions in early 2013.

In 1996 the American Musicological Society recognized her with the Noah Greenberg Award for "distinguished contribution to the study and performance of early music." Thanks to a Senior Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2012-13) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship (2013-14), she is at work on her project “Opera and the Transformation of Public Life in Naples under the Marquis del Carpio, 1683-7.”

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