Mauro Calcagno

Associate Professor of Music
Undergraduate Chair in Music
Room 328 Music Building
215-898-8659
215-573-2106

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 opera studies, 20th- and 21st-century theories and practices of dramaturgy and theatricality, performance studies, digital humanities, Italian Baroque musical theatre, 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 and linguistic theories published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and various contributions devoted to Italian 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 various venues, including 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, 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.

At Harvard, Professor Calcagno founded the Friday Lunch Talks in the Music Department and the Opera Seminar at the Humanities Center, both still running. At Stony Brook he jumpstarted the Friends of the Music Library. At Penn, he is the director of the Center for Italian Studies, a member of the Italian Studies Faculty, and a Faculty Fellow in Rodin College House. He has given workshops on Baroque poetry and music at The Juilliard School of Music and at the Centre for Baroque Music in Versailles. His seminars have covered topics such as Performance Studies (with Comparative Literature), postdramatic stagings of opera, Monteverdi and Baroque opera, editing Cavalli's operas, Petrarchism and the Italian madrigal, and methodologies of musicological research. 

As Undergraduate Chair in Music, Prof. Calcagno directs the activities of the department in support of undergraduate education, serving as the chief advocate for the educational needs of undergraduate students, including current and prospective majors as well as non-majors from the College and from the other undergraduate schools at Penn. In this role, he also supervises the activities concerning performance, together with the Director of Performance and the Department Chair. 

Courses Taught: 

Music 030, A Thousand Years of Listening

Music 033, History of Opera

Music 130, Introduction to Western Music

Music 604 (Ital and CompLit 602), Historiographies and Methodologies: Performance Studies

Music 730,  Staging Baroque Opera Today