Katherine Bergeron focuses her attention on the last act of Pelléas. The narrative incongruities that surface in the unbroken final scene become the basis for a broader exploration of the question of truth (la vérité) that the opera itself raises.
Professor of musicology and Dean of the College at Brown University (USA), Katherine Bergeron's research deals with French cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on music and language. Bergeron is the author of Decadent Enchantments (California 1998), a book about the revival of Gregorian chant, which won the Deems-Taylor Award from ASCAP in 1999. She is also editor of Disciplining Music (Chicago 1992) and Music, Rhythm, Language (California 2004), a special issue of Representations.
Her book, Voice Lessons (Oxford 2010), a study of French language, poetry, linguistic science, and song, won the Deems Taylor Award in 2011, and the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society, the highest honour accorded to a book by a senior scholar.