Paul Abdullah is a scholar of nineteenth-century opera whose research focuses on the transnational connections between opera, literature, and society. His dissertation (“Opera, Shakespeare, and the Politics of Adaptation 1790-1840”) explored the reciprocal roles of opera and Shakespeare reception in shaping nineteenth-century European musical culture across Germany, France, and Italy. Major works addressed include Rossini’s Otello and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette.
Paul has given numerous national and international conference presentations, has written book reviews for Nineteenth-Century Music Review and Music and Letters, and has an article in preparation on Rossini. His research has been supported by a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French government, a Holmes/d’Accone travel grant from the American Musicological Society, and a dissertation fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU.
In addition to teaching at CWRU, Paul has also taught at Oakland University and Purdue University Fort Wayne. A pianist by training, he enjoys collaborative work (especially with singers) and has also performed on historical keyboards. He earned his PhD in Musicology from CWRU, his Masters in Piano Performance from University of Houston, and a joint B.Mus. in Piano Performance and B.A. in French Language and Literature from Oakland University.