Deborah Burton is an assistant professor of music at Boston University, and has taught at Harvard, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Florida International University, Fordham, the University of Michigan, and Yale. She was president of the New England Conference for Music Theory from 2006 to 2008, and in 2009-2010 was a Junior Fellow of the Boston University Humanities Foundation. She is currently writing a monograph entitled Recondite Harmony: The Music of Puccini and is currently working with the Metropolitan Opera on centennial festivities for Puccini's La fanciulla del West, including the website www.fanciulla100.org. A symposium on the subject is also planned for December 2010 at Boston University. In Spring 2008, she organized and presented at the interdisciplinary conference Opera and Society at Boston University, podcasts of which can be seen at www.operaandsociety.org. Co-editor of Tosca’s Prism: Three Moments of Western Cultural History (Northeastern University Press, 2004), she has published articles in Theoria, Studi Musicali, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, Opera Quarterly, and other journals. Dr. Burton was an originator of and participant in the interdisciplinary conference “Tosca 2000” in Rome, honoring the centennial of Puccini’s opera, and the bicentennial of the events that inspired it.