Mary Ann Smart

Professor of Music Scholarship

University of California, Berkeley

Mary Ann Smart is Gladyce Arata Terrill Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her book, Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera (U of California Press, 2004), looked at the ways music gives signals for stage movement and acting style in repertory stretching from the first French grand operas of the 1830s to Verdi’s Aida and Wagner’s Ring.  She is editor of the critical edition of Donizetti’s last opera, Dom Sébastien, and of the articles on Bellini and Donizetti for the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  Her book Waiting for Verdi: Opera and Political Opinion in Italy, 1815-1848 will be published next year by the University of California Press.veva and his quasi-operatic compositions of the 1840s that reads the composer’s difficulties with the operatic genre in relation to both the crisis of German-language opera and Goethe’s aesthetics of the theater.