Chair of the music-history faculty at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano received her Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley, combining her strong interest in both musical performance and scholarly research. Her book The Women of Mozart’s Operas (University of California Press, 2007) offers a detailed study—for students, performers, scholars, and opera lovers—of the female characters in the Da Ponte operas and The Magic Flute. Dr. Brown-Montesano has presented and published essays on music in contemporary film, opera, trends in marketing classical music, and musical culture in late 19th-century England.
A passionate “public musicologist,” she has been a frequent lecturer for the Colburn Chamber Music Society, the LA Opera’s “Opera for Educators” seminars, and the Salon des Musiques chamber-music-series In 2014-15. She presented a League Seminar on The Tales of Hoffmann last Season.