Margaret Ross Griffel

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Margaret Ross Griffel
Born (1943-07-09) July 9, 1943 (age 77)
New York, New York
Notable works
  • Operas in German: A Dictionary
  • Operas in English: A Dictionary

Margaret Ross Griffel (born 9 July 1943) is an American musicologist and author.


Griffel graduated from High School of Music & Art in 1961. She earned a B.A. from Barnard College in 1965, M.A. in European and American History from Boston University in 1966, and a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University in 1975.[1] She has served as the senior editor at Columbia University's Office of Publications and has done editorial work for various publishers. Her January 2018 revised edition of Operas in German: A Dictionary contains more than 4,500 entries[2] and her December 2012 revised edition of Operas in English: A Dictionary contains 4,400.[3] This dictionary received the "Booklist Editor's Choice Award" in 2013 and the "Library Journal Best Reference" in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ James Cattell Press (editor). "Griffel, Margaret Ross, Writer", Who's Who in American Music: Classical, Volume 1 (R.R. Bowker Co., 1985), p. 228.
  2. ^ Rowman & Littlefield website. "Operas in German: A Dictionary, Volumes 1 and 2, Revised Edition". Accessed 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ Rowman & Littlefield website. "Operas in English: A Dictionary, 2 Volumes, Revised Edition". Accessed 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ Stanford Libraries website. "Operas in English: a dictionary". Accessed 19 August 2018.


  • Operas in German: A Dictionary, published in 1990, ISBN 9781442247963 (paper), ISBN 9781442247970 (ebook); revised 2018
  • Operas in English: A Dictionary, published in 2013, ISBN 978-0-8108-8272-0 (print), ISBN 978-0-8108-8325-3 (ebook)

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