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Wendy B. Heller

Scheide Professor, Department of Music, Princeton University

Director, Program in Italian Studies, Princeton University

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (1997–1998)

Wendy Heller specializes in the study of 17th- and 18th-century opera from interdisciplinary perspectives, with particular emphasis on gender and sexuality, art history, and the classical tradition. The winner of numerous awards and Fellowships from such organizations as from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, Heller has been a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, and has taught in the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Specializing in the music of Monteverdi, Handel, Cavalli, and recognized for her expertise in the interpretation of Venetian opera, Heller has published numerous articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, Early Music, and Saggiatore Musicale. Her book, Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women's Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice, was the winner of the annual book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and was named a finalist for the Otto Kinkeldey Prize from the American Musicological Society. She is currently completing a book on the reception of antiquity in Baroque opera.