David Levin

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  • Addie Clark Harding Professor in Germanic Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College
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From 2007-10, Levin was co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at UChicago. Before joining the faculty at Chicago in 1998, he taught German and theater studies at Columbia University. He has been a guest professor of theater and performance studies at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Mainz; he regularly team-teaches courses on opera, theater, and performance at the University of Konstanz with Prof. Christopher Wild (Chicago) and Prof. Juliane Vogel (Konstanz). Levin's recent work focuses on the aesthetics and politics of performance in opera, theater, and cinema. He is the editor of Opera Through Other Eyes (Stanford University Press, 1994) and the author of Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal (Princeton University Press, 1998). His latest book, Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007; a paperback edition is forthcoming from the U of C Press this autumn.  Levin also has worked extensively as a dramaturg for various opera houses in Germany and the United States and for William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet. He serves as executive editor of the Opera Quarterly, published by Oxford University Press. Last year, he and Wild hosted "Praxes of Theory", an international conference at Chicago that brought together artists and scholars form Berlin and Chicago to explore the intersections of performance practice and performance theory. The conference inaugurated a multi-year cooperation with the Institute for Theater Studies at the Free University Berlin.