Christy Thomas

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Christy Thomas received her PhD with distinction from Yale University. As a music historian with a background in both art history and history, she incorporates interdisciplinary materials and approaches in her teaching and her research to complement the study of notated and recorded music with a myriad of sources that contribute to the broader networks in which music exists. In her research, she considers the evolving responses of the Italian opera industry to the emerging media technologies from the 1890s through the first decades of the twentieth century, focusing particularly on Casa Ricordi, the foremost Italian music publisher of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her broad research interests include the history and theory of opera, reception studies, cultural history, and the theoretical and conceptual issues of performance and mediation.