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date: 17 June 2019

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

I would like to thank, first of all, the contributors to the volume for their wonderful work, patience, and collegiality. The volume could not have been completed without the sabbatical leave granted in spring 2012 by New England Conservatory President Tony Woodcock and Provost and Dean of the College Thomas Novak. Jean Morrow, Director of Libraries at New England Conservatory, provided materials, patience, and superb advice. I thank also members of the NEC library staff for their unflagging professionalism and generous assistance: Richard Vallone, Wallace Corey-Dunbar, Maria Jane Loizou, Patrick Maxfield, Maryalyce Perrin-Mohr, Jason Coleman, and Suzanne Jalbert. I am also deeply grateful to Cristiano Ostinelli, General Manager of the Classical Division, Universal Music Publishing Ricordi, Dr. Arnold Nesselrath and Paola Salvieri of the Vatican Museums, Anna Sheppard, Imogen Plouviez, and Amy Prescott of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and photographer Karen Almond of the Dallas Opera. Many friends and colleagues assisted with the realization of the Oxford Handbook of Opera, and I offer them my deep appreciation for sharing their time and resources so generously: Evan Baker, Charles Brauner, Patricia Brauner, Marcia Citron, Valeria De Lucca, Dexter Edge, Katharine Ellis, Linda Fairtile, Andreas Giger, Ellen Harris, Francesco Izzo, Orly Krasner, Ralph P. Locke, Lewis Lockwood, Michael Loo, Albert Oppenheimer, Hilary Poriss, Derek B. Scott, Daniel Snowman, and Ruth Solie. I am indebted to Bridget Haile and Gabriel Alfieri for close readings, critical eyes, and great company. Translators Julia Grella O’Connell, Edward Schneider, and Jeff Tapia did a superb job of probing and challenging their subjects. Jake Heggie shared generously of his time and his musical autographs and vast operatic experience.

This volume would not be possible without the support of Oxford University Press. I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Editor in Chief of Humanities and Executive Editor of Music Suzanne Ryan for lighting the spark and keeping it going, and to Assistant Editor Lisbeth Redfield for her wisdom and good will. The team at Oxford University Press all offered their considerable expertise and gracious assistance: Saranya Prabuthass, Sreejith Viswanathan, Pilar Wyman, Kristen Holt-Browning, Rick Stinson, Thomas Finnegan, Dorothy Bauhoff, Adam Cohen, and Norm Hirschy.

Steven, Julia, Sashi, Frankie, Hitch, and Kipling offered encouragement, criticism, smiles, and frowns as needed.