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Olivia Bloechl specializes in European and North American music history from 1500-1800, with a focus on European opera before 1800, cultural history of European colonization, postcolonialism, philosophy of music history, and ethics and politics of music. She has been on the UCLA faculty since 2004, with degrees from Smith College (A.B. cum laude, Music/English) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., Musicology).
She is the author of Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. She has also co-edited (with Melanie Lowe and Jeffrey Kallberg) a volume of essays entitled Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). Her current project is a book on Opera and Politics in the Old Regime, which explores tragic opera’s involvement with state and interpersonal politics before the French Revolution. Research for Opera and Politics was supported in part by an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship.
Prof. Bloechl regularly teaches in the first-year graduate course sequence (200A-C) and has recently offered graduate seminars on “Tragedy and Early Modern Opera,” “Politics of Difference,” “Ethics of Musicality,” and “Postcolonial Studies in Early Music.” Undergraduate course topics include early European music, baroque opera, exoticism in Western music, and music and gender, as well as a new course introducing students to the humanistic study of listening.
She is also an avid pianist and harpsichordist, as well as an opera enthusiast.