Alexander K. Rothe

Core Lecturer, Music Humanities

Alexander K. Rothe is a Core Lecturer at Columbia University, where he
completed his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2015. His research interests are contemporary opera and diversity, Regieoper, Wagner Studies, and new music. He is currently working on a book project on afterlives of 1968, global politics, and stagings of Wagner’s Ring cycle in divided Germany.

Dr. Rothe served as a graduate instructor of Music Humanities between 2009 and 2014. His research has been published in Musical Quarterly and Tempo. He has presented papers at the AMS Annual Conference in Rochester in 2017, the German Studies Association Annual Conference in Atlanta in 2017, 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.

See his website here.

Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s
Columbia Degrees: 
MA, Historical Musicology
MPhil, Historical Musicology
PhD, Historical Musicology
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
with honors
Northwestern University
with honors
Music Cognition
Northwestern University