About the Author
Anthony R. DelDonna, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of the Music Program at Georgetown University. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century topics, in particular Neapolitan music, musicians and culture. Professor DelDonna’s research has focused primarily on opera, archival studies, performance practice and ballet, and has been published in the peer-reviewed journals, Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Recercare, Studi musicali and Civiltá musicale and in various scholarly collections on eighteenth-century music. He is the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (with Pierpaolo Polzonetti; 2009) and editor for Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music (2008). Professor DelDonna is the co-editor (with Anna Celenza) of the forthcoming book, In Pursuit of a Cultural Mission: The Jesuits and Music and a collection of clarinet and piano transcriptions by Ferdinando Sebastiani (with Antonio Caroccia for Castejon Music Editions) as well as a forthcoming critical edition of the oratorio Trionfo per l’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine for the series Fondazione Arcadia.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Opera, antiquity, and the Neapolitan Enlightenment in Paisiello's Socrate immaginario (1775); Naples, carnevale and the commedia per musica: Il convitato di pietra (1783); Giovanni Paisiello's Elfrida: operatic idol, martyr and symbol of nation; Nationalism, cultural identity and the modern Neapolitan kingdom: Pietro Allesandro Guglielmi and Enea, e Lavinia; Debora e Sisara and the rise of Lenten tragedy; At the precipice of revolution: Piccinni's Gionata (1792) as drama and diplomacy; The Neapolitan ballet d'action: Il ratto delle Sabine (1780); The Neapolitan ballet d'action and the art of experimentation; Bibliography; Index.