Dr. Linda Fairtile

Head, Parsons Music Library
Adjunct Lecturer of Music

Profile

Linda Fairtile is the liaison librarian for music, theatre, dance, and Italian studies, as well as a musicologist who specializes in Italian opera. She is the co-director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at New York University and has appeared as a panelist on the Texaco Metropolitan Opera Quiz radio broadcasts.

Presentations

“How to Incorporate Music into Just About Any Course,” at the national meeting of the Music Library Association (San Jose, CA, 2 March 2013).

“‘A man like Verdi must write like Verdi’: Religion and Theatricality in Verdi’s Requiem,” at the 2012 Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts, Crane School of Music (Potsdam, NY, 26 April 2012).

“Four Deaths and a Funeral: The Endings of Puccini’s Edgar,” at the second North American Conference on 19th-Century Music (Richmond, VA, 8 July 2011).

“Engaging Undergraduates with Primary Sources,” at the national meeting of the Music Library Association (Chicago, 19 February 2009).

“(Re)Constructing the Duomo: Revisions to the Act 2 Finale of Edgar,” at Giacomo Puccini, 1858-2008: La critica e la tradizione delle opere, sponsored by the Comitato Nazionale Celebrazioni Pucciniane (Milan, Italy, 22 November 2008).

“’Real Americans Mean Much More’: Race, Ethnicity, and Authenticity in La fanciulla del West and The Girl of the Golden West,” at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society (Washington, DC, October 2005).

“Revising Cio-Cio-San,” at the 100th anniversary celebration of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Lucca, Italy, 29 May 2004).

“The Bolling Collection at the University of Richmond,” at the national meeting of the Music Library Association (Arlington, VA, 13 February 2004).

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi: A Consideration of Its Impact,” at the Verdi 2001 conference (Parma, Italy, 26 January 2001).

“All Politics Are Local: Patterns of Censorship in Verdi’s Attila,” at the Tenth International Conference on 19th-Century Music (Bristol, England, 18 July 1998).

“Censorship of Verdi’s Attila: Two Case Studies,” at the Verdi and Censorship conference sponsored by the American Institute for Verdi Studies (New York, 19 April 1997).

“Toscanini and the Myth of Textual Fidelity,” 1996 Toscanini Memorial Archive Lecture sponsored by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (New York, 21 November 1996).

“Arturo Toscanini and the Verdi Tradition,” at the Performing Verdi conference sponsored by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, 2 July 1995).

“The Violin Director and Verdi’s Middle Period Operas,” at the Belfast International Verdi Conference, Queen’s University (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 7 March 1993).

“The Violin Director in Trovatore and Trouvère” at the American Institute for Verdi Studies’ conference on Il trovatore and Le trouvère (New York, 1991).

Memberships

Music Library Association

American Musicological Society

Publications

Books

Giacomo Puccini: A Guide to Research.  Composer Resource Manual no. 48.  New York: Garland, 1999.

Articles

“Verdi at 200: Recent Scholarship on the Composer and His Works.” Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 70, no. 1 (September 2013): 9-36.

“'Real Americans Mean Much More': Race, Ethnicity, and Authenticity in La fanciulla del West and The Girl of the Golden West,” in Studi pucciniani 4 (2010).

“Revising Cio-Cio-San.”  Atti su "Madama Butterfly: l'orientalismo di fine secolo, l'approccio pucciniano, la ricezione.” Edited by Arthur Groos and Virgilio Bernardoni.  Florence: Olschki, 2008.

Duetto a tre: Franco Alfano’s Completion of Turandot.” Cambridge Opera Journal 16, no. 2 (July 2004): 163-86.

“Toscanini and the Myth of Textual Fidelity” in Journal of the Conductors Guild 24, nos. 1-2 (winter/spring – summer/fall 2003): 49-60.

“Performing Arts Manuscript Collections: Balancing Access and Privacy,” in Their Championship Seasons: Performing Arts Resources 22.  Edited by Kevin Winkler.  New York: Theatre Library Association, 2001.

“Verdi’s First ‘Willow Song’: New Sketches and Drafts for Otello.19th-Century Music 19, no. 3 (spring 1996): 213-30.

Chapters

“Giacomo Puccini: La bohème Composition Draft” in The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial.  Edited by Jon Newsom.  Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1999.

“Musical Direction in Verdi’s Middle-Period Operas” in Verdi’s Middle Period (1849-59): Source Studies, Analysis and Performance Practice.  Edited by Martin Chusid.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.  413-426.

Additional Publications

Giacomo Puccini: Edgar (new edition of original four-act version).  Milan: Ricordi, 2008.

Education

Ph.D., New York University
Musicology

M.L.S., St. John's University
Rare books/archives

M.A., New York University
Musicology

B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Composition

B.A., Oberlin College
Philosophy

Contact Information

201 Webb
(804) 287-6849
(Mobile)

Areas of Expertise

Italian opera
Archives and manuscripts