Diana R. Hallman
Ph.D.: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
M.M.: University of Maryland
B.M.: Winthrop College (now University)
French opera and cultural history
American concert life and women’s studies
Diana Hallman, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Kentucky, is a cultural musicologist who focuses her research in 19th-century French opera and cultural history, with a particular focus on French grand opera. Her research interests extend to fin-de-siècle French and American music and culture, including transnational exchanges and performance history, and she is currently developing a project on social-political representation in opéra-comique. Dr. Hallman’s teaching centers on music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and she frequently offers graduate courses in opera history, the politics of opera, gender and women’s studies, cross-cultural intersections in Western and non-Western music, fin-de-siècle music and culture, and performance practice. She also regularly teaches a pro-seminar that explores interdisciplinary philosophies, theories, methods, and values fundamental to the field of musicology, from its historical foundations to its postmodern interrogations.
She is author of the book Opera, Liberalism, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France: The Politics of Halévy’s La Juive (Cambridge Studies in Opera, Cambridge University Press, 2002; 2007), as well as chapters and articles on the life and works of composer Fromental Halévy in The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Music, Theater, and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830-1914 (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Le Concours du Prix de Rome de la musique, 1803-1968 (Symétrie, 2011), and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. She is a contributor to Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra from the July Monarchy to the Present (Brepols, forthcoming) and Sephardism: Spanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2012) and author of reviews of nineteenth-century music studies, as well as essays for program books of international opera houses, including the Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera-Covent Garden, Zürich Opernhaus, De Nederlandse Opera, and Göteborgsoperan. She has given scholarly presentations at the International Biennial Conference on 19th-Century Music (Edinburgh; London; Oxford), Francophone Music Criticism Network (Paris; Montréal), Jewishness and the Arts: Music and Composers in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Rome), Meyerbeer and French Grand Opéra (Pistoia, Italy), Colloque Halévy (Conservatoire de Paris), and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for French Historical Studies.
Dr. Hallman joined the University of Kentucky faculty in Fall 1995, following adjunct lectureships at Catholic University, Fordham University, and Baruch College-CUNY and after completing her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. At CUNY, she received a Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship and was awarded a Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award for her dissertation on the French grand opera La Juive. She holds a Master’s degree in musicology from the University of Maryland, where she also pursued graduate work in piano, and a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Winthrop University.
At UK, she has organized a number of lecture series, symposia, and performances, including Opera, Politics, and Parody in 19th-Century France (Fall 2015), Music, Arts, & Culture in Paris (2011-2012), Women as Creators (Fall 2010), and the Brahms Centennial Celebration Symposium (Spring 1997). She is the recipient of the UK Research Professor Award (2016-17) and CFA Faculty Award for Research (2016), and presently serves as Coordinator of the University of Kentucky Opera Research Alliance, an alliance of scholars and performers dedicated to seeking and supporting new paths of collaborative, interdisciplinary research on opera.