Louise and Kenneth L. Kinney Professor of Opera/Professor of Musicology
283 M&DA Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
P: (225) 578-3688
F: (225) 578-2562
Andreas Giger holds a Lizentiat in Musicology from the University of Zurich, a Lehrdiplom in Piano from the Winterthur Conservatory, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Indiana University. Between 1998 and 2000, he was Associate Director of the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature at Indiana University. He now serves on the Center’s Board of Directors.
Giger’s research interests have concentrated on nineteenth-century Italian opera and the work of Leonard Bernstein. He is the author of the monograph Verismo (Wiesbaden: Steiner, 2004) in the Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie and the book Verdi and the French Aesthetic: Verse, Stanza, and Melody in Nineteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, he is the author of articles in many books and journals, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Journal of Musicology, the Cambridge Opera Journal, the Cambridge Companion to Verdi, Acta musicologica, Music & Letters, the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, and the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, among others. He is currently preparing the critical editions of I due Foscari and (with Ilaria Narici) Un ballo in maschera for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi and (with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) Pagliacci for Masterpieces of Italian Opera.
Giger has co-edited (with Thomas J. Mathiesen) Music in the Mirror: Reflections on the History of Music Theory and Literature for the 21st Century (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), for which he has received an ASCAP Deems-Taylor award. He is Associate Editor of the Verdi Forum and an editor and member of the editorial board of Nineteenth-Century Music Review. He is also the founding director of the Internet database saggi musicali italiani on Italian music theory and aesthetics, a Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge site.