David Levin

Addie Clark Harding Professor in Germanic Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College; Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry

David J. Levin is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, the Department of Cinema & Media Studies, and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies. He is presently on leave, spending the 2015-16 school year as a Faculty Fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities. In June 2011, he was appointed the founding Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, a collaborative center for artists and scholars; in July 2014, he was reappointed as the Gray Center's director. From 2007-10, he was Co-Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH). 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 Professor Christopher Wild (Chicago) and Professor Juliane Vogel (Konstanz). Professor 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 book Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007; a paperback edition appeared in autumn 2010. Professor Levin has also worked extensively as a dramaturg for various opera and ballet productions in Germany and the United States. This past spring and summer, he collaborated with the Israeli choreographer Saar Magal on Jephta's Daughter, a piece for 8 dancers, 4 singers and 3 musicians that premiered in the summer festival of the Bayerische Staatsoper in July 2015. 

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