David Levin is Professor of Germanic Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. In July, 2011, he was named the inaugural director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, a center dedicated to fostering innovative collaborations at the intersection of scholarship and artistic practice. His recent work focuses on the aesthetics and politics of performance in opera, theater, and cinema. He is the editor of Opera Through Other Eyes (Stanford University Press, 1994) and the author of Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal (Princeton University Press, 1998). His latest book Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. In addition to his academic work, Levin has also served extensively as a dramaturg for opera houses in the US and Germany as well as for William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet. He is currently the executive editor of Opera Quarterly.