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MANUEL CARLOS DE BRITO studied music at the Lisbon National Conservatory, graduated in Germanistic philology at Lisbon University, and obtained his M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees at London University (King’s College). He is at present head of the Musicology Department at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Dr. De Brito has published many articles on Portuguese music history and is the author of Opera in Portugal in the Eighteenth Century ()—for which he received the Musical Research Prize of the Conselho Português da Musica—and Estudos de Historia da Música em Portugal (). He is also co-author with David Cranmer of Crónicas da Vida Musical Portuguesa na Primeira Metade do Século XIX (), and with Luisa Cymbron of História da Música Portuguesa (). Editor-in-chief of the Dicionário de Música e Músicos Portugueses, to be published by the Gulbenkian Foundation, De Brito has also contributed many dictionary articles to foreign publications such as the new edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (of which he is the country adviser for Portugal), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Viking Opera Guide, Diccionario de la Música Española e Hispanoamericana, Storia dell’opera italiana, and Storia dello spettacolo musicale. He is the author of a bibliographical database for Portuguese music history which contains at present circa 1,300 entries.

De Brito is president of the General Assembly of the Associaçao Portuguesa de Ciências Musicais and a member of the Conselho Português da Musica. From to he was a member of the Scientific Council of the now extinct Instituto Nacional de Investigaçao Científica, and from to a member of the Directory Board of the Associaêao Portuguesa de Educaçao Musical. He sits on the official boards of the Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia and Nassarre: Revista Aragonesa de Musicologia, and is a corresponding editor of Current Musicology.