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Richard Langham Smith


Richard Langham Smith has published extensively on French song and opera. He is co-author of the Cambridge Opera Handbook to Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and a contributor to the Overture Opera Guide to Carmen. As an editor, he has reconstructed Debussy’s ‘other’ opera, Rodrigue et Chimène, and published an edition of Carmen for Peters Edition. He has written on the performance of the mélodies of Debussy, their poetry and their visual associations, particularly on the Fêtes Galantes and their association with the paintings of Watteau. He is currently engaged on a monograph, Uncovering Carmen, for Boydell & Brewer, and is a co-coordinator with Clair Rowden for an initiative to document the first performances of Carmen throughout the world (see He has held posts at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter, City and the Open University. Currently a Research Professor at the Royal College of Music, he was admitted to theOrdre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 for services to French culture.