Martha Feldman is Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She is author of City Culture and the Madrigal at Venice (1995) and Opera and Sovereignty: Sentiment, Myth, and Modernity in Eighteenth-Century Italy (2006), and general editor of Critical and Cultural Musicology (2000–2002). Currently she is preparing The Castrato as Myth as the Bloch Lectures at Berkeley. She was named a Getty Scholar in 1998–99 and in 2001 received the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association.
Bonnie Gordon is Assistant Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Author of Monteverdi’s Unruly Women: The Power of Song in Early Modern Europe (2004), she has published on female voice and contemporary female singer/songwriters. She has received awards from the American Association of University Women, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Mellon Foundation.