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Matthew Werley

Universität Mozarteum

Salzburg, Austria



Dr. Matthew Werley is a musicologist and dance scholar in Salzburg, Austria.

Educated at the University of Oxford, his research focuses on opera studies (from Gluck to contemporary productions), modern dance, analysis, performance studies, Austrian literature as well as the politics of music in interwar/postwar Austria and Germany.

Articles on the history of the Salzburg Festival, Gustav Mahler, Stefan Zweig, Richard Wagner, Grete Wiesenthal, Richard Strauss and several other topics have appeared in both German and English.

A Senior Lecturer in musicology at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, he leads two projects in connection with the Salzburg Festival: "Stefan Zweig und die musikalische Welt" (with the Stefan Zweig Zentrum) and the centenary exhibition for the International Society for Contemporary Music.  

As a public-facing musicologist, he has spoken at the Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne, the Salzburg Festival, Musiktage Mondsee (Austria) and Academy Travel (Sydney), as well as delivered live radio talks for the Canadian Broadcasting Co, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, ORF Salzburg and ORF Ö1 (the latter reaching a quarter of a million listeners). He has also published in the Salzburger Nachrichten.

Since 2017, he has served as both the co-editor of the now peer-reviewed Richard Strauss-Jahrbuch (Hollizter Verlag, Vienna) and General Secretary of the Internationale Richard Strauss-Gesellschaft.