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Roberta M. Marvin

Professor, Musicology

Professor Dr. Roberta Montemorra Marvin is an active researcher and scholar, a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, and a productive author and editor.

She has published widely on Italian opera of the nineteenth century, especially the music of Verdi and Rossini. Her work touches on topics such as the censorship of Verdi’s operas, operatic celebrity, performance practices, the dissemination and reception of foreign opera in Britain, Victorian operatic burlesques, performances of Handel’s music in nineteenth-century London, and Rossini’s sacred music. In addition, Marvin has written on the iconography of female singers in Victorian illustrated newspapers, nineteenth-century adaptations of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the publication and performance history of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, and Toscanini's appropriation of Verdi's Inno delle nazioni during World War II. A new project focuses on images of Verdi and print culture in Victorian Britain.

Co-editor of six books and author of two monographs (The Politics of Verdi’s “Cantica” and Verdi the Student – Verdi the Teacher, the latterawarded the Premio Internazionale Giuseppe Verdi), she is also editor of The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia and two volumes in the critical edition of Verdi’s works. In addition, Dr. Marvin is editor-in-chief of the journal Verdi Forum and series editor for Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera; she has also served as Associate General Editor for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi. A frequent speaker at international and national conferences, Marvin has been invited to present lectures and seminars at universities in the United Kingdom including Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Leeds, Cardiff, and others; at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland; and at numerous U.S. institutions including Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Northwestern University, Boston University, and others. She has also presented programs for the Teatro Massimo in Italy, the Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and has contributed essays to program books for opera houses in London, Palermo, Brussels, Barcelona, and Tokyo.

Dr. Marvin’s research has been honored with several prestigious fellowships through international and national competition, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, and the Howard Foundation. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Iowa where she also served as Director of the Opera Studies Forum and as Associate Dean in International Programs.