Alexander K. Rothe is a Core Lecturer at Columbia University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2015. His research interests are Opera Studies, Wagner Studies, and 19th- and 20th-century music. He is currently working on a book project on stagings of Wagner’s Ring cycle and afterlives of 1968 in divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s.
Dr. Rothe served as a graduate instructor of Music Humanities between 2009 and 2014. He was also an adjunct instructor at Fordham University. His research has been published in Musical Quarterly and Tempo. He has presented papers at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia in 2017, the Wagner Society of New York, the AMS-GNY Winter 2016 Chapter Meeting (“Women and Music”), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Music Conference in 2012. His research has been funded by the Fulbright Program and the DAAD. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, he participated in the five-year dual degree program and received a B.A. with honors in German and a B.M. with honors in Music Cognition.
Dr. Rothe’s dissertation, entitled “Staging the Past: Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s,” was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch. It examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates during this time period, especially debates about the Nazi past and the legacy of the 1968 events.