Friederike Wißmann, after studying general and comparative literature and musicology, received her doctorate with a study on Faust in 20th century music theatre and habilitated with a thesis on Handel's operas. She worked on the complete edition of Hanns Eisler and is editor of Eisler's Johann Faustus. From 2009 to 2011 she headed the project Prosody and Affect Theory in the 18th Century in the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion at the Free University of Berlin. Afterwards she worked in the department of historical musicology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. This was followed by a professorship in Vienna, where she was also head of the Institute for Science and Research. She has published numerous texts on the research of music theatre, music and literature, cultural history of music and music of the 20th and 21st centuries.