Nina Penner

Research Associate

070 Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, Durham, NC 27708
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I'm in my office most days during regular working hours and welcome visitors interested in talking about opera/musical theatre and philosophy.

Nina Penner is at Duke doing a two-year postdoc, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her work lies at the intersection of opera studies, analytic philosophy, and literary theory. She is finishing a book project that theorizes how opera tells stories in comparison with other media. At Duke, she is beginning another book project concerning the nature of authorship and collaboration in opera, examined through a case study of Myfanwy Piper, a twentieth-century British librettist.

Ph.D., Musicology, McGill University, 2016
M.A., Musicology, University of Toronto, 2009
B.Mus., Clarinet Performance, University of Toronto, 2007


The Libretti of Myfanwy Piper: A Study in Operatic Authorship and Collaboration awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (PI-Fellow). 2016 to 2018