Research Areas: Musicology
Paul Abdullah is a scholar/performer focused on opera of the long 19th century. His research interests include opera and gender, opera in 1830s Paris, and the connections between opera and amateur music making. Before turning to musicology, as a coach/conductor Paul worked on more than 20 opera productions in the U.S., Austria, Italy, and France. He has led the Franco-American Vocal Academy in productions of Mozart and Offenbach in Dallas and Houston, as well as Perigueux, France and Salzburg, Austria.
As a coach he worked for four years at the Moores Opera Center of the University of Houston, as well as with Kingwood Opera, Lonestar Lyric Theater, and Opera Vista in Houston. His repertoire includes Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, La Clemenza di Tito, Le Nozze di Figaro and Der Schauspieldirektor; Offenbach’s La Périchole, La vie Parisienne and Orphée aux Enfers; Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier; Verdi’s Rigoletto and Falstaff; and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Equally adept in contemporary opera, Paul has also worked on productions of Kirk Mecham’s Tartuffe, Daniel Catan’s Il Postino, Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, Nino Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and the premieres of Omari Tau’s Hans in Luck and Kurt Erickson’s Cinderella. Since starting the PhD program in musicology at Case Western, Paul has remained active as a keyboardist, branching out to harpsichord and fortepiano to collaborate with colleagues in the historical performance program.