Margaret Butler
Office: 5541 Humanities
Phone: (608) 262-7710

Margaret Butler’s research focuses on European opera in the eighteenth century and American musical theater. An associate professor of musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she teaches courses on musical theater and opera, and is an affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program. She has also taught in the Department of French and Italian. Her most recent book, Musical Theatre in Eighteenth-Century Parma: Entertainment, Sovereignty, Reform was published by the University of Rochester Press in the Eastman Studies in Music series (2019). Research on her current book project, on the prima donna and celebrity culture, has been supported by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for Venetian Research (2017) and the AMS-Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship (2018). She has authored chapters in Operatic Geographies: The Place of Opera and the Opera House (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press, 2009), articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Cambridge Opera Journal, Eighteenth-Century Music, Early Music, Music in Art: International Journal for Musical Iconography, and essays in a number of collections. Her first book, Operatic Reform in Turin: Aspects of Production and Stylistic Change in the 1760s, was based on research she conducted in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow. She is Chair of the AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues, past member of the AMS Board Nominating and RISM Committees, and a Past President of the AMS Southern Chapter.