Peter Mondelli

Associate Professor of Music History


Music History, Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology

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Specialist in nineteenth-century music, French opera, media history, and critical theory.

Peter Mondelli has taught at UNT since 2012.  His research considers the impact of print culture and bourgeois capitalism on nineteenth-century Parisian opera. Other areas of interest include orality and literacy in late eighteenth-century song, early music and musicology in fin-de-siècle France, and the relationship between music studies and the posthumanities.

BA, Columbia University
PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Select Publications
“Singing Print, Reading Song: Navigating Voice and Writing in Herder’s Volkslieder” in The German Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 4 (2018)
“From the Bel Canto Stage to Reality TV: A Musicological View of Opera’s Child Prodigy Problem” in The Journal of Singing, vol. 75 no. 1 (2018)
“Offenbach’s Bouffonnerie, Wagner’s Rêverie: The Materiality and Politics of the Ineffable in Second Empire Paris” in The Opera Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 2 (2017)
“Parisian Opera between Commons and Commodity, ca. 1830” in Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730-1830, ed. Emily Green and Catherine Mayes (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017)
“The Phonocentric Politics of the French Revolution” in Acta Musicologica, vol. 88, no. 2 (2016)
“The Sociability of History in French Grand Opera: A Historical Materialist Perspective” in 19th Century Music, vol. 37, no. 1 (2013)


Recent Conference Presentations
The Musical Canon as Capitalist Commodity: Outlining a 200-year History (2018)
Rethinking Alienation through Music in Benjamin’s Paris (2018)
Music and the Posthuman: A Critical Reconsideration (2017)
Der Freischütz, Robin des bois, and the Cosmopolitan Aesthetics of Translation (2016)
Censoring Rossini’s “musique facile” (2016)
Warfare and Opera as Spectacle in the Parisian Press, 1852-1870 (2016)
Faust at the Piano: The Social Economy of Opera in the New Domestic Sphere (2014-15)
The Thingness of French Wagnerism (2012-13)