Nina Penner

Nina Penner

Research Associate

External Address: 
070 Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, Durham, NC 27708
+1 919 660 3318
Office Hours: 
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 a musicologist who is at Duke for 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. Her first book A Philosophy of Operatic Storytelling (under contract with Indiana University Press's Musical Meaning and Interpretation Series) theorizes how opera tells stories in comparison with other media. Her next book project will be on the nature of authorship and collaboration in opera, examined through a case study of Myfanwy Piper, a twentieth-century British librettist. She has secondary research and teaching interests in the American musical and film music.

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

Penner, N. A Philosophy of Operatic Storytelling. Under contract with Indiana University Press. (Monograph)

Penner, N. "Rethinking the Diegetic/Nondiegetic Distinction in the Film Musical." Music and the Moving Image 10.3 (2017): 3-20. Open Access Copy

Penner, N. "Opera Singing and Fictional Truth." Ed. Bicknell, J and Fisher, JA. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71.1 (February 2013): 81-90. Full Text

Penner, N. A Philosophy of Operatic Storytelling. 2016. (PhD Thesis)

Selected Grants

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