Danielle Ward-Griffin

Danielle Ward-Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Musicology, specializing in twentieth-century opera. She received her PhD from Yale University and a Bachelor’s of Music from McGill University. Her research interests include Benjamin Britten, opera on television, and the relationship between opera production and the place of performance. Articles on these topics have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), Cambridge Opera JournalOpera QuarterlyJournal of the Society for American Music, and Music & Letters. She has also contributed chapters to Rethinking BrittenBenjamin Britten Studies, and Britten in Context. Her article, “As Seen on TV: Putting the NBC Opera on Stage” (published in JAMS) won the 2019 Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson award from ASCAP and another article, “Realism Redux: Staging Billy Budd in the Age of Television" (published in Music & Letters) was awarded the Westrup Prize in 2020. Her research has been supported by, among others, the Society for American Music, the Center for the History of Business, Society and Technology, and the MacMillan Center for International Studies. She is currently writing a book on opera on television from the 1950s through the 1970s. Before coming to Rice, she taught at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.


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Danielle Ward-Griffin , Assistant Professor of Musicology
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