Arthur Groos

Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities Emeritus


Arthur Groos is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities, and is a member of the graduate fields of German Studies, Medieval Studies, and Music. In the former, his interests include Arthurian romance, the courtly love lyric, medieval science, early modern city culture, and the Age of Goethe; in the latter they focus on issues of music and culture, text-music relations, and opera, especially Wagner, Puccini, and modern opera. Founding co-editor of the Cambridge Opera Journal, he is also general editor of Cambridge Studies in Opera (Cambridge University Press), and co-editor of a monograph series on medieval/early modern literature and culture, Transatlantische Studien (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). A co-founder and Vice President of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, Italy, he also edits its periodical (Studi pucciniani) and monograph series. He held Guggenheim and Senior Fulbright Fellowships in Munich in 1979-80, and an Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis in Berlin in 2001-02. In fall 2007, he was Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.

Office Hours
By appointment only


Research Focus


  • Opera
  • The role of music in constructions of national identity
  • Text-music relationships
  • Contemporary music theater


Selected Books:

  • Von den pflanzen und tieren: Die illustrierte deutsche Ps.-Apuleius Handschrift Debrecin R. 487 Edition, Kommentar und Übersetzung mit einem Faksimile, ed. Arthur Groos and Bernhard Schnell (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2017 [in press])

  • Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, ed. Arthur Groos, Cambridge Opera Handbooks (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

  • Studi pucciniani 4, ed. Arthur Groos with Michele Girardi and Virgilio Bernardoni  (Florence: Olschki, 2010)

  • Topographies of the Early Modern City, ed. Arthur Groos and Markus  Stock (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2008)

  • Madama Butterfly: l’orientalismo di fine secolo, l’approccio  pucciniano, la ricezione, ed. Arthur Groos et al. (Florence: Olschki, 2008)

  • Madama Butterfly 1904-2004: Fonti e documenti, ed. Arthur  Groos (Lucca: Centro studi Giacomo Puccini, 2005)

  • Kulturen des Manuskriptzeitalters, ed. Arthur Groos and Hans-Jochen  Schiewer (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2004)

  • Romancing the Grail: Genre, Science, and Quest in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s  Parzival (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).

  • Reading Opera, ed. Arthur Groos and Roger Parker (Princeton, NJ: Princeton  University Press, 1988).

Recent Articles:

  • Introduction and editor, “Three-Generation Cho-cho-san,” Studi pucciniani 4 (Florence: Olschki, 2010), pp. 143-78.

  • “Between Memory and Desire: Wagner’s Tristan Libretto,” Richard Wagner: “Tristan,” ed. Arthur Groos (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

  • “Becoming a Composer: Walther’s Songs in Die Meistersinger,” Cambridge Opera Journal, 25 (2013), 261-84.

  • “Schumann’s and Wagner’s Tristan Libretti,” Tristan et Yseut, ou, L'éternel retour : actes du colloque international des 6, 7 et 8 mars 2013 à la Maison de la culture d'Amiens , ed. Danielle Buschinger, et al. , Medievales 56 (Amiens: Centre d'études médiévales, 2013), 113-20.

  • “Ekphrasis, Landscape, and Power: On Some Castles in Parzival,” Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch der Görresgesellschaft, 55 (2014), 41-58.

  • “Nuremberg Stadtlob, 1447 and Beyond,” in Spatial Practices, Medieval and Modern, ed. Markus Stock (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck Unipress, 2014), 187-206.

  • “The Takarazuka Concise Madame Butterfly / Shukusatsu Chôchô-san (August 1931),” Josai Review of Japanese Culture, 27 (2015), 63-80

  • Premessa, Giacomo Puccini: Epistolario, ed. Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Dieter Schickling, et al., I: 1877-1896 (Florence: Olschki, 2015) [Edizione nazionale delle opere di Giacomo Puccini], vii-viii

  • “‘Sinigin‘ in the Rhein‘“: Sacred German Space in Schumann’s Auf dem Rhein and Wagner’s Rheingold,” in: Ètudes offerts a Danielle Buschinger, ed. F. Gabaude, J. Kühnel, M. Olivier (Amiens: Centre d'études médiévales, 2016), II, 195-204.

  • “Madame Butterfly between East and West,” in: Puccini and His World, ed. Emanuele Senici and Arman Schwarz (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016), pp. 49-84.

  • “ ‘una vera sposa . . .’? Inganno e illusione nella prima scaligera di Madama Butterfly,” in: Madama Butterfly: Versione originale del 17 febbraio 1904 (Milan: Teatro alla scala, 2016), pp.  65-79.

  • Preface, Giacomo Puccini, organista. Il contesto e le musiche, ed. Fabrizio Guidotti (Florence: Olschki, 2017), vii-viii.

  • Madama Butterfly Between Tragedy and Comedy,” in Madama  Butterfly, pp. 159-82.

  •  “Entlehnung und Intertextualität: Zur Autentisierung des Minnesangs  beim ‘frühen’ Walther (L. 13.33)”, Der achthundertjährige  Pelzrock: Walther von der Vogelweide - Wolfger von Erla – Zeiselmauer,  Vorträge gehalten am Walther-Symposion der Österreichischen Akademie  der Wissenschaften vom 24. bis 27. September 2003 in Zeiselmauer (Niederösterreich),  ed. Helmut Birkhan (Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften,  2005).

  •  “Orientalizing Wolfram’s Orient: The East in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s  Parzival,” in Kulturen des Manuskriptzeitalters, pp.  61-86.