Elinor Olin is Visiting Associate Professor of Music History at Northern Illinois University.  Her research about melodrama, regionalism, French cultural nationalism and opera has appeared in numerous publications. Olin is an active flutist, pre-concert lecturer and the founder of Opera Immersion Seminars.


Ph.D, Music History and Literature, Northwestern University
B.M., Flute Performance, University of the Pacific


“Le Roi d’Ys: Mythical Construction of a Regionalist Ideology,” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism, ed. Stephen Meyer and Kristin Yri. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming (2019).

“Verdi: Il trovatore,” Lyric Opera Commentaries, 2018. https://www.lyricopera.org/concertstickets/insidelyric/podcasts/1819-opera-commentaries

“Reconstructing Greek Drama: Saint-Saëns and the Melodramatic Ideal,” in Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Drama, ed. Sarah Hibberd. Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera, 3. Surrey: Ashgate, 2011.

Concerts de l’Opéra 1895-1897: New Music at the Monument Garnier,” 19th Century Music 16, no. 3 (Spring 1993): 253-266.


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Cellist Raya Garbousova,” Northern Illinois University, March  24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Pre-concert lectures for Madama Butterfly (February – March 2020, Lyric Opera of Chicago).

Opera Immersion Seminars – Santa Fe, August 2 – 14, 2020.


American Musicological Society

Japanese American Service Committee

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