Research interests in eighteenth-century opera, art song and ballet in the German-speaking lands, with an emphasis on Mozart opera and Mozart reception; Mozart production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; music and childhood; folksong and folkloristics in the Enlightenment; early film music, film sound and the film musical.
Dr Mueller received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she convened an international conference in 2010 on the reception and historiography of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; she was guest editor of a recent issue of Opera Quarterly on the same topic. Her current book project, entitled Mozart and the Marketing of Childhood, examines the commercial mediation of the modern child as elaborated in Mozart's own early professional life, his compositions for the young, and the construction of his mythological persona in early biographies and music prints. She has also published and presented papers on Wagner, music and silent film, and eighteenth-century ballet.
Dr Mueller has taught several courses for visiting undergraduates (Mozart opera and literary genre, eighteenth-century music and its venues, and the history of opera), and last year she co-taught a core seminar for M.St. students on issues in music historiography. In Michaelmas 2013 she is teaching a lecture course in the Music Faculty, 'Opera and Music Theatre since 1900: Politics, Authority, Authorship'. This past summer she conducted a Humanitas conversation, 'Mozart, Our Contemporary', with the opera manager Gérard Mortier, Oxford's Humanitas Visiting Professor of Opera Studies for 2013.
Articles, Essays in Conference Proceedings, and Review Articles
- ‘Youth, Captivity and Virtue in the Eighteenth-Century Kindertruppen’, Eighteenth-Century Music (2013): 65-91
Guest editor, Opera Quarterly 28:1-2 (‘After Die Zauberflöte’, Winter-Spring 2012)
- ‘A Note from the Guest Editor’: 1-5
- ‘Who Were the Drei Knaben?’ 88-103
- ‘An Introduction to Joachim Perinet’s “Mozart and Schikaneder: A Theatrical Dialogue”’: 104-107
- ‘Mozart und Schikaneder, Ein theatralisches Gespräch über die Aufführung der Zauberflöte im Stadt-Theater / Mozart and Schikaneder, A Theatrical Dialogue on the Performance of Die Zauberflöte at the Stadt-Theater’: 108-121 [translator]
'Mozart22: A DVD Review Portfolio', Opera Quarterly (forthcoming, 2013)
- 'Musical Revisionism in Mozart22'
- ‘A New "Peep" into Mozart and Le Picq's Serraglio (Milan, 1772): Noverre's Tragic Reworking of a Comic Ballet’, in Jean-Georges Noverre 1727-1810: Lettres sur la Danse, and Beyond, ed. Jennifer Thorp and Michael Burden (forthcoming, Pendragon Press, 2013)
- Mozart in 1s and 0s: An Annotated Bibliography of Online Resources in Mozart Studies’, repercussions 11: ‘Circulation’ (forthcoming, 2013)
- ‘14 February 1924: Die Nibelungen Premieres, Foregrounds “Germanness”’, in A New History of German Cinema, ed. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael D. Richardson, Screen Cultures: German Film and the Visual (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012), 136-141
- ‘Listening for Wagner in Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen’, in Wagner and Cinema, ed. Jeongwon Joe and Sander Gilman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), 85-107
- ‘Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ [conference report], Eighteenth-Century Music 7 (2010): 174-176
- “The Twentieth Century,” in From Convent to Concert Hall: A Guide to Women Composers, ed. Sylvia Glickman and Martha Furman Schleifer (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003), 217-911