Lesley Wright has written extensively on Bizet, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns, as well as the institutions, press, and musical culture of nineteenth-century France. Her publications may be found in individual and collective volumes, numerous scholarly journals, and important reference works, like MGG, Oxford Bibliographies Online and Dictionnaire de la musique en France au XIXe siècle. She co-edited with Scott McCarrey a book of essays called Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music(2014), which was the recipient of a Certificate of Merit in the 2015 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Classical Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. She has also published editions of Bizet’s music and correspondence, as well as a dossier de presse for Carmen.
Dr. Wright has been a reader or assessor for many journals, publishers, and granting agencies in North America, Europe, and Australia, and served as an external member of juries for doctoral students and tenure/promotion decisions in North America, Australia, and France. She is on the board for the series L’Opéra français (Bärenreiter) and also serves on the FMC International Steering Committee (France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918 (FMC), formerly the Francophone Music Criticism project). Her service as Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has included twenty years of department-level administration and extensive mentoring in the Female Faculty Mentoring Program. From 2006-2016 she was Vice-President and then President of the Alpha of Hawai‘i Chapter for Phi Beta Kappa.