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Dr Arman Schwartz

Arman Schwartz-136-croppedLecturer in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Music

Tel: 020 78482576


Room 2A South East Block
Music Department 
King's College London 
Strand Campus 


Arman Schwartz received his AB from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Before arriving at King's, he served as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-11), an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University (2011-13) and a Birmingham Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2013-17). Major awards and honours include a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Premio Rotary Giacomo Puccini and the Royal Musical Association’s Jerome Roche Prize. Schwartz is a member of the scientific committee of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini, and Executive Editor of The Opera Quarterly.

Research interests & PhD supervision
  • Modernism
  • Sound studies
  • Italian cultural studies
  • Opera, theatre and performance studies

Arman Schwartz’s research centres on European and American art music (especially opera) from 1850 to the present, exploring the theory and historiography of modernism, and investigating new relationships between the histories of music, media and sound. He is currently at work on book-length studies of music and Idealism in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century, and of the status of theatricality in twentieth- and twenty-first century opera.

He welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any area of these research interests.

Selected Publications
  • Puccini's Soundscapes: Realism and Modernity in Italian Opera (Olschki, 2016)
  • Giacomo Puccini and His World (Princeton University Press, 2016). Co-edited with Emanuele Senici.
  • 'Opera and the Avant-Garde', The Opera Quarterly 30/1 (2014). Guest-edited special journal issue.
Expertise and public engagement

Arman Schwartz has given public lectures and written programme notes for institutions including Glyndebourne, Opera Rara, the English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Young Vic, Holland Festival and Komische Oper Berlin. He has been interviewed by The Guardian, New York Times and Slate. Schwartz was Scholar-in-Residence for the 2016 Bard Music Festiva, dedicated to 'Giacomo Puccini and His World'. He was a Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria in 2010, and has served on the jury for the foundation’s Fellowship in Composition.

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