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Dr Valeria De Lucca MA, PhD

Associate Professor and Head of Internationalisation in Music

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Dr Valeria De Lucca is an Associate Professor in Music at the University of Southampton and the Head of Internationalisation in Music for the academic year 2019-2020.

I am an Associate Professor and the Head of Internationalisation in Music for the academic year 2019-2020. This means that I oversee our year-abroad, exchange and Erasmus programmes, welcoming incoming students and staff, contributing to international recruitment, and advising our own students who plan to study abroad. I am an enthusiastic communicator and I teach subjects I am passionate about, including the undergraduate first-year modules in music history, as well as modules in Baroque opera, the American musical, and the master’s module Artists and Repertoires. I am interested in how social, political and cultural contexts influence the ways in which music is produced and consumed, in historical contexts as well as today. To this end I favour an interdisciplinary approach, in which a musical work is considered in dialogue with the visual arts, literature, and other forms of media.

My teaching reflects my methods and approaches to research. My main areas of interest are opera and musical theatre. I worked extensively on seventeenth-century music and culture, patronage and systems of production, the role that women played in shaping the cultural life of seventeenth-century Rome, and the Roman urban soundscape. More recently, I became interested in nineteenth-century operetta, and in particular the reception and adaptation of foreign music-theatrical genres in Italy. I regularly deliver papers, give pre-performance lectures and write programme notes on these subjects, and I recently featured in a BBC 2 documentary on the premiere of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Prague in 1787.

After I completed my MA and PhD at Princeton University, I held an Andrew W. Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Early Career Fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. I joined the Department of Music at the University of Southampton in 2009 as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and have been a lecturer here since 2012.

Research interests

My main areas of interest are early opera and nineteenth-century musical theatre. I have worked extensively on seventeenth-century opera and society, looking in particular at the ways in which class and gender influenced the patronage of musical entertainments in seventeenth-century Italy.

One of my current projects, a book entitled The Politics of Princely Entertainment: Music and Spectacle in the Lives of Lorenzo Onofrio and Maria Mancini Colonna (1659–1689) looks at music and theatrical entertainments as political tools through which members of the Roman aristocracy enhanced their social and political agendas. The book also addresses questions about the circulation of musical scores, and the careers of musicians, singers and composers across the worlds of the court and the public theatre. Other projects related to seventeenth-century music and culture include the study of stage costumes in early modern opera, and a work that stems from the “detective” research I conducted at the Metropolitan Music of Art, New York, to identify the provenance of a 400-year-old harpsichord, now housed in the Met collection of musical instruments.

More recently I became interested in how operetta and light opera travelled from one country to another during the nineteenth century, and in the ways they were translated and adapted to please diverse audiences in a variety of political and social contexts.

My work has appeared in several volumes and musicological journals including The Oxford Handbook of Opera, Rivista italiana di musicologia, Renaissance Studies, The Journal of Musicology, Early Music and the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music. My Early Music article, ‘Dressed to Impress: The Costumes for Antonio Cesti’s Orontea in Rome (1661)’ received the J.M. Thomson Prize for best article by an early career scholar for 2013. I am the editor of Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900 (2014) and the co-editor with Christine Jeanneret of The Great Theatre of the World: Sound, Space and the Performance of Identity in Early Modern Rome (2020).

Research group

Musicology and Ethnomusicology

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Book Chapters

Creative Media and Artefacts


The Politics of Princely Entertainment: The Patronage of Music and Theatre of Lorenzo Onofrio and Maria Mancini Colonna (1659–1689). In progress.


Edited Books

Fashioning Opera and Musical Theater: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900. Venice: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 2014. Available at:

(With Fabio Carboni and Agostino Ziino), Tullio Cima, Domenico Massenzio e la musica del loro tempo. Atti del Convegno (Ronciglione, Italy, 1997). Rome: IBIMUS, 2003.


Articles and Book Chapters

‘Patronage.’ In The Oxford Handbook of Opera, ed. Helen Greenwald. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 648–665

‘Dressed to Impress: The Costumes for Antonio Cesti’s Orontea in Rome (1661).’ Early Music 41 (2013): 461–475. (Recipient of the J.M Thomson Prize for best article published in Early Music by an early career scholar in 2013.)

‘The Power of the Prima Donna: Giulia Masotti’s Repertory of Choice.’ Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 17 (2011): forthcoming.

‘Opera e mecenatismo tra Roma e Venezia nella seconda metà del Seicento.’ In La musica a Roma nel Seicento, eds. Anne-Madeleine Goulet and Caroline Giron-Panel. Collection de l’École française de Rome. Rome: École française de Rome, 2012. 341–353.

‘L’Alcasta and the Emergence of Collective Patronage in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Rome.’ The Journal of Musicology 28 (2011): 195–230.

‘Strategies of Women Patrons of Music and Theatre in Early-Modern Rome: Maria Mancini Colonna, Queen Christina of Sweden, and Women of their Circle.’ Renaissance Studies 25 (2011): 374–392.

‘“Pallade al valor, Venere al volto”: Music, Theatricality, and Performance in Marie Mancini Colonna’s Patronage.’ In “The Wandering Life I Led”: Essays on Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin and Early Modern Women’s Border-Crossings, ed. Susan Shifrin. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 113–156.

‘A Mozart autograph in the Scheide collection at Firestone Library, Princeton University.’ Mozart Society of America Newsletter 9, no. 2 (2005): 6–7.

(As co-author) ‘Le tre messe di Tullio Cima: prime considerazioni.’ In Tullio Cima, Domenico Massenzio e la musica del loro tempo. Atti del convegno (Ronciglione, Italy, 1997). Rome: IBIMUS, 2003. 427–437.

‘Un’antologia strumentale per Francesco II d’Este: analisi iconologica e considerazioni sullo stile.’ Rivista Italiana di Musicologia 36 (2001): 3–23.


Book Reviews and Conference Reports

Review of Barocco Padano 6. Atti del XIV Convegno Internazionale sulla musica italiana nei secoli XVII–XVIII, ed. Alberto Colzani, Andrea Luppi, Maurizio Padoan (Como: A.M.I.S., 2010). Music & Letters 93 (2012): 228–230.

Review Essay of Kelly Ann Harness, Echoes of Women’s Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Musical Voices of Early Modern Women: Many-Headed Melodies, ed. Thomasin LaMay (Ashgate, 2005). Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4 (2009): 275–281.

Report on the Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, Warsaw Poland. 17th-Century Music Newsletter 16, no. 1 (2006): 1, 10–11.

Review of Marco Uccellini da Forlimpopoli e la sua musica. Atti del convegno (Forlimpopoli, Italy, 26–27 ottobre 1996); con l’aggiunta di nuovi saggi sulla musica alla corte di Modena dopo Marco Uccellini, ed. Maria Caraci Vela e Marina Toffetti (Lucca: LIM, 1999). Rivista Italiana di Musicologia 36 (2001): 154–157.


Entries in Grove Music Online

(with Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht and Jutta Pumpe), ‘Fellinger, Imogen’.

(with Edith Gerson-Kiwi), ‘Gradenwitz, Peter’.

(with Christiane Spieth-Weissenbacher), ‘Lesure, François’.

Dr Valeria De Lucca
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