Deborah Burton

Assistant Professor of Music, Composition and Theory | | 617.353.5483

Room 223, 855 Commonwealth Avenue
Deborah Burton Diploma in Piano Performance, Mannes College of Music; M.M., Yale; PhD., University of Michigan. Dr. Burton has taught at Harvard University; University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Florida International University; Fordham; University of Michigan; and Adrian College. Her research concerns opera analysis, counterpoint, and the history of theory, emphasizing Italian sources. Professor Burton was president of the New England Conference for Music Theory from 2006-2008, was a Junior Fellow of the Boston University Humanities Foundation in 2009-2010, and is writing a monograph entitled Recondite Harmony:  The Music of Puccini.  In December  2010, in honor of the centenary of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, she created a website, and moderated a special panel discussion on the opera at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, with guests tenor Marcello Giordani, conductor Nicola Luisotti, Harvey Sachs, Walfredo Toscanini, Simonetta Puccini, Allan Atlas (CUNY) and representatives of the Metropolitan Opera.  Further, she organized a symposium and exhibition in conjunction with BU’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Center, videos of which can be seen at: In Spring 2008, she organized and presented at the interdisciplinary conference Opera and Society at Boston University, podcasts of which can be seen at  Dr. Burton worked with Gregory Harwood to write an annotated translation entitled  Francesco Galeazzi, Theoretical-Practical Elements of Music: An Annotated Translation and Introduction, which will appear as volume 5 of the Studies in the History of Music Theory and Literature of the University of Illinois Press. She has recently been a guest lecturer at the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, at the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Program, and at the Hartt School of Music.  She gave two research papers at the 2008 AMS-SMT national meeting in Nashville, and presented at the 2006 Fourth International Schenker Symposium, and the 2005 meeting of the New England Conference of Music Theorists. Co-editor of Tosca’s Prism: Three Moments of Western Cultural History (Northeastern University Press, 2004), she has published articles in Theoria, Studi Musicali, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, Opera Quarterly, and others. Dr. Burton was an originator of and participant in the interdisciplinary conference “Tosca 2000” in Rome, honoring the centennial of Puccini’s opera, and the bicentennial of the events that inspired it.