Participant Info

First Name
Emily Richmond
Last Name
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Website URL
opera, music history, Germany, United States, festivals, music institutions
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Personal Info

About Me
Emily Richmond Pollock is an Associate Professor of Music (untenured). She earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in music history and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Opera after Stunde Null,” explored the broad range of possibilities for new opera composition in West Germany following the end of World War II. Her book, Opera after the Zero Hour: The Problem of Tradition and the Possibility of Renewal in West Germany, 1945-1965 (Oxford University Press, 2019) foregrounds questions of institutional history, reception, and architecture as they pertain to the reconstruction of operatic life in the post-war era. Archival research for the project in Stuttgart, Berlin, Basel, Munich, Mainz, and Kassel was supported by fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Paul Sacher Stiftung, and the Class of 1947 at MIT. She is now working on a new project, Opera on Uncommon Ground, on the institutional history and aesthetics of American opera festivals.
Recent Publications

Opera After the Zero Hour: The Problem of Tradition and the Possibility of Renewal in Postwar West Germany (Oxford University Press, 2019).


“Opera by the Book: Defining Music Theater in the Third Reich,” Journal of Musicology 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, United States
Expertise by Geography
Germany, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic