Thomas Betzwieser

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Thomas Ludwig Betzwieser (* 23 March 1958 in Neckarhausen near Heidelberg) is a German musicologist and opera researcher.


Betzwieser studied musicology, German language and literature, and philosophy at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate in 1989. From 1990 to 1994 he was a research assistant to Jürgen Maehder at the Institute for Musicology at the Free University of Berlin. 1995-1996 he was a fellow of the DAAD, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 1996-1998 he was a research fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. 1999-2001 he was Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. In 2000 he completed his habilitation at the FU Berlin. From 2001 to 2012, Betzwieser was Professor of Musicology at the University of Bayreuth. Since 2012 he has been Professor of Musicology at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

He is a member or expert on project commissions of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature (member 2015[1]); member of the editorial board of the Gluck-Gesamtausgabe; co-editor of Perspektiven der Opernforschung.

Betzwieser is also project director of OPERA – Spectrum of European Music Theatre in Individual Editions.

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  1. Petra Plättner Six new members in the Academy of Sciences and Literature. Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, press release of 18 December 2015 at Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (, retrieved 18 December 2015.