Elaine Sisman, “Truth and Lies in Mozart's Don Giovanni”
Elaine Sisman is the Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University, where she has taught since 1982, serving six years as department chair (1999-2005). The author of Haydn and the Classical Variation and Mozart: The ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, and editor of Haydn and His World, she has also published numerous essays on instrumental and vocal music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the operas of Mozart and Haydn. Sisman received her doctorate in music history at Princeton University, has taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and has been awarded an NEH Fellowship and the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society. She serves on the boards of international Haydn and Mozart societies as well as The Musical Quarterly, and recently served a term as president of the American Musicological Society. Columbia has honored her with its Great Teacher Award (1992) and Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (2000).