Professor of Music
Lesley Wright earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University (1981) and has been a faculty member at UH Manoa since 1984. During her career she has published widely, served as a department-level administrator for twenty years, taught a broad range of music courses, and lectured frequently in the community.
Dr. Wright's research interests include: Bizet, Massenet, Saint-Saëns and their generation; the music, institutions and press in nineteenth-century France; the posthumous reception history of Berlioz; the Exposition of 1900; and opera history.
She is currently working on the critical edition of Massenet's Werther for Bärenreiter and has just completed two essays on Massenet for publication in France.
Co-editor McCarrey, Scott. Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music. Farnham, England and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.
"Carmen and the Opéra-Comique." In 'Carmen,' Georges Bizet (Overture Opera Guides), edited by Gary Kahn, 35-55. London: Overture, 2013.
"The Choral Music of Camille Saint-Saëns." In Nineteenth-Century Choral Music, edited by Donna M. Di Grazia, 274-283. New York: Routledge, 2012.
"The Directors of the Opéra-Comique (1870-1900): Responsibility and Opportunity." In The Opéra-comique in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Speculum musicae, 15, edited by Lorenzo Frassà, 353-377. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2011.
"Bizet et le Prix de Rome: de l'initiation à l'accomplissement." In Le Concours du Prix de Rome de Musique (1803-1968), coordinated by Julia Lu and Alexandre Dratwicki, 529-548. Lyon: Éditions Symétrie, 2011.
"Carvalho at the Opéra-Comique (1876-1887): L'art de se hâter lentement." In Music, Theater and Cultural Transfer, edited by Mark Everist and Annegret Fauser, 99-126. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. (Ruth Solie award for best volume of essays in 2009, American Musicological Society, November 2010.)
"Rewriting a Reception: Thoughts on Carmen in Paris, 1883." Journal for Musiciological Research 28, no. 4 (2009): 282-294.
"L'Aphrodite (1906) de Camille Erlanger: antiquité, imagination et volupté." In Figures de l'antiquité dans l'opéra français (Actes du colloque du IXe Festival Massenet, 2007), edited by Jean-Christophe Branger and Vincent Giroud, 259-294. Saint-Étienne: Publications de L'Université de Saint-Étienne, 2008.