Mauro Calcagno is a musicologist and cultural theorist. He received his Ph.D. in Music from Yale University in 2000, taught at Harvard until 2008 and at Stony Brook University until 2013. His work focuses on musical dramaturgy and theatricality, performance studies, digital humanities, Baroque opera, and the madrigal. His publications include From Madrigal to Opera: Monteverdi's Staging of the Self (University of California Press), an article on Monteverdi's operas in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and various contributions devoted to Italian Baroque opera and the madrigal. His essay on the aesthetics of voice in seventeenth-century music, published in the Journal of Musicology, received the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, which he served as President of the New England Chapter.
Prof. Calcagno’s edition of Cavalli's Eliogabalo (forthcoming for Baerenreiter) has been adopted for performances in Bruxelles, Dortmund, Stony Brook, and New York City. In the occasion of this last production, The New York Times and The New Yorker featured articles that discussed his research. He is also the director of the Marenzio Online Digital Edition (www.marenzio.org), which has been funded by a grant of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Calcagno is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Staging Baroque Opera Today.
His courses often deal with opera, especially in its relationship to various media, and with the early modern period, especially as considered through works of Claudio Monteverdi and their performances today.
At Penn, Professor Calcagno is a member of the Center for Italian Studies and of the Italian Studies Faculty.
Music 030, A Thousand Years of Listening
Music 033, History of Opera
Music 130, Introduction to Western Music
Music 730, Staging Baroque Opera Today