I am a musicologist working at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Before coming to Howard, I was a visiting professor at Roanoke College.

My main research area is French and Italian opera in the long nineteenth century, particularly Massenet, Puccini, Mascagni, and Bizet. My doctoral dissertation analyzed Massenet’s reception in Milan from 1893 to 1903.

Other research interests include nationalist uses of American folk musics in the 1930s, sequences from the Abbey of St-Denis, and the music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.


Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009

B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2007


Articles and Chapters
“Final Exam Weighting as Part of Course Design.” Teaching & Learning Inquiry 6, no.1,  91–103 (2018).  http://tlijournal.com/tli/index.php/TLI/article/view/174/199
“Giuseppe Verdi.” A-R Editions: Online Music Anthology (2017). http://www.armusicanthology.com/anthology/Comp-Franke-Verdi.pdf
 “Massenet’s Italian Trip of 1894 and the Politics of Cultural Translation.” Massenet and the Mediterranean World, ed. Simone Ciolfi (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2015), 161–71.
 “The Reception of Jules Massenet’s Operas in Milan, 1893–1903.” Perspectives on Europe 41, no. 2 (Autumn 2011), 118–20.
Review Essays
 “The First Volume in Ricordi’s Puccini Edition.” Review of Giacomo Puccini, Manon Lescaut (critical edition, Le opere di Giacomo Puccini), edited by Roger Parker. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 72, no. 1 (September 2015), 226–30.
Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini’s Late Style, by Andrew Davis. Indiana Theory Review 29, no. 2 (Fall 2011), 105–12.


List of Open-Access Music Journals

Carmen Abroad : Italian performance statistics

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