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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. 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.
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 fanciulla100.org), marking the centenary of Puccini's La fanciulla del West.
- Burton, Deborah; Nicassio, Susan Vandiver; Ziino, Agostino (eds.) (2004). Tosca's prism: Three moments of western cultural history. Northeastern University Press. ISBN 1-55553-616-6
- 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
- Fairtile (1999) p. 149
- Boston University. Deborah Burton
- Weaver (July 16, 2000) p. 21, Section 2; Sachs (December 10, 2010); Kellow (December 2010)
- Ellison, Cori (December 3, 2010). "When Puccini Rode Tall In the Saddle". New York Times
- Fairtile, Linda (1999). Giacomo Puccini: A guide to research. Routledge. ISBN 0-8153-2033-7
- Kellow, Brian (December 2010). "Giordani saddles up to sing Dick Johnson at the Met; a Boston University academic makes Fanciulla's centennial her personal crusade.". Opera News, Vol. 75, No. 6
- Sachs, Julian (December 10, 2010) "Puccini’s 100-Year-Old Girl". i-Italy, Italian/American Digital Project
- Weaver, William (July 16, 2000). "In 'Tosca,' a Touch of Family History". New York Times, p. 21, Section 2
- Podcasts from Opera and Society, an interdisciplinary conference held at Boston University April 18–19, 2008, including Deborah Burton's presentation "In his shoes: The Marriage of Figaro and the Movies" and her interview with Gottfried Wagner