The Music and Dance of Greek Tragedy: New Approaches
Anna Conser '07 (PhD, Columbia 2021) is a philologist specializing in Greek literature. Her current research focuses on ancient music and performance, Greek drama and lyric poetry, and the digital processing of ancient texts. As part of her first book project, she has developed software tools to analyze the melodic patterning of pitch accents in Greek choral lyrics. This new melodic evidence for Greek choral odes allows her to interpret ancient tragedy using approaches borrowed from opera and musical theater. Dr. Conser’s work on performance is informed by extensive experience as a director, composer, and choreographer for modern productions of ancient plays.