Anthony R Del Donna


Program Director & Professor of Musicology


Department of Performing Arts
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Anthony R. DelDonna is a specialist in eighteenth-century topics and in particular Neapolitan music, musicians and culture. He earned the Ph.D. in Historical Musicology “with distinction” from The Catholic University of America (1998). His research has focused primarily on the dramatic stage (opera, oratorio, cantata), archival studies, performance practice and ballet. Prof. DelDonna’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Musicology, Quaderni d'Italianistica, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Recercare, Studi musicali and Civiltà musicale as well as numerous essays in scholarly volumes dedicated to the eighteenth century.

DelDonna is the author of the monograph Opera, Theatrical Culture and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples published by Ashgate Press (2012); co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009); co-editor of Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (St. Joseph University Press, 2014; with Anna Harwell Celenza) and editor for Genre and Music in the 18th century (Ann Arbor: Steglein Press, 2008). Together with Antonio Caroccia, DelDonna is publishing the complete works for clarinet by the nineteenth-century virtuoso Ferdinando Sebastiani (1803-1860) for Castejon Music Editions. His critical edition of the oratorio Trionfo per l’Assunzione della Santissima Vergine is published by Fondazione Arcadia (2015).

Prof. DelDonna’s forthcoming publications include the critical edition of the opera, Il zelo animato ovvero Il Gran Profeta Elia (1733) by Francesco Mancini (Società editrice di musicologia, 2016).


  • Ph.D. (1998) The Catholic University of America, Historical Musicology


  • Italian (speak, read, write)