Margaret Butler’s research focuses on European opera in the eighteenth century and American musical theater. An associate professor of musicology, she is an affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program. Her most recent book, Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century Parma: Entertainment, Sovereignty, Reform was published by the University of Rochester Press in the Eastman Studies in Music series (2019). Work on her current book, on the operatic prima donna and celebrity culture, has been supported by a Summer Humanities Research Fellowship from UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities (2020), the AMS-Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship (2018), and a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for Venetian Research (2017). She is a research team member of WoVen, an interdisciplinary, international project whose work focuses on women and eighteenth-century European operatic culture (https://www.ntnu.edu/music/woven).
She has authored chapters in Operatic Geographies: The Place of Opera and the Opera House (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press, 2009), articles in Fontes artis musicae, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Cambridge Opera Journal, Eighteenth-Century Music, Early Music, Music in Art, and several book chapters. Her first book, Operatic Reform in Turin: Aspects of Production and Stylistic Change in the 1760s, was based on research she conducted in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow. She is Chair of the AMS Holmes/D’Accone Fellowship in Opera Studies Selection Committee, past member of the AMS Board Nominating and RISM Committees, and a Past President of the AMS Southern Chapter. She serves as a member of the working group on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (SECM). She teaches courses for graduates and undergraduates on a range of topics including opera, musical theater, eighteenth-century music, women’s musical activities, and music research methods and historiography.