Peter Mondelli

Assistant Professor of Music History


Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology

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Prof. Mondelli has served on the faculty at UNT’s College of Music since 2012.  His main research projects consider the impact of print culture and bourgeois capitalism on nineteenth-century Parisian opera.  Other areas of interest include oral song culture in the late eighteenth-century, early music and musicology in fin-de-siècle France, and the relationship between music studies and the posthumanities.

He is a specialist in nineteenth-century music, French opera, media history, and critical theory.


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Columbia University

Select Publications

“Offenbach’s Bouffonnerie, Wagner’s Rêverie: The Materiality and Politics of the Ineffable in Second Empire Paris” in Opera Quarterly vol. 32, no. 2 (forthcoming, 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 Muscologica 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

“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)

“Véron, Schlessinger, and the Commodification of French Grand Opera” (2012-13)