Deborah Burton

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Deborah Burton is an American music theorist, pianist, and academic. She is particularly known for her publications on Giacomo Puccini and his works, including the 2004 book Tosca's Prism: Three Moments of Western Cultural History. She has contributed articles to numerous music journals, including Nuova Rivista Musicale, Opera Quarterly, Studi Musicali, and Theoria.

She earned a Diploma in Piano Performance from the Mannes College of Music, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a doctoral dissertion entitled An Analysis of Puccini's Tosca: A Heuristic Approach to the Unifying Elements of the Opera.[1] She is Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Theory at Boston University and is a former faculty member at Adrian College, Florida International University, Fordham University, Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Michigan, and Yale University.[2]

Burton was one of the originators of the conference "Tosca 2000" in Rome, marking the centenary of Puccini's Tosca and the 2010 Boston conference "Fanciulla 100: Celebrating Puccini" (and its website, marking the centenary of Puccini's La fanciulla del West.[3]


  • Burton, Deborah. (1994). "A Select Bibliography of Articles and Dissertations about Puccini and His Operas" in The Puccini Companion, William Weaver and Simonetta Puccini (eds). Norton. ISBN 0-393-32052-9
  • Burton, Deborah (1994). "The Real Scarpia: Historical Sources for Tosca." Opera Quarterly, Vol. 10, no. 2
  • Burton, Deborah (1996). "The Creation of Tosca: Toward a Clearer View." Opera Quarterly, Vol. l2, no. 3
  • Burton, Deborah (1996). "Michele Puccini's Counterpoint Treatise". Quaderni pucciniani
  • Burton, Deborah (2001). "A Journey of Discovery: Puccini's ‘motivo di prima intenzione’ and its applications in Manon Lescaut, La fanciulla del West and Suor Angelica". Studi Musicali, 2, pp. 473-499
  • Burton, Deborah (2004). "Orfeo, Osmin and Otello: Towards a theory of opera analysis", Studi musicali Vol. 33, no. 2


  1. ^ Fairtile (1999) p. 149
  2. ^ Boston University. Deborah Burton
  3. ^ Weaver (July 16, 2000) p. 21, Section 2; Sachs (December 10, 2010); Kellow (December 2010)


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