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Don Neville

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Visiting Fellow (Oxford 1996)
Past Editor, Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario
Director: Website Handbook for Metastasio Research
Research funding from SSHRCC

(519) 661-2043

Research Interests

History of opera (1600 to the present) and of musical theatre (operetta to rock opera): the interrelationship of music, text and drama, and the place of musical theatre in a variety of contexts, including those of the work as first created (musical, theatrical, literary, philosophical, psychological, socio-economic, historical, intellectual, and cultural) and those of the work as recreated for a modern audience (current narrative, reception and sociological theories). Specialist in 18th-century opera, particularly Mozart and Metastasian opera seria.

Representative Publications

  • "Metastasio: Poet and Preacher in Vienna" in Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782), "uomo universale," ed. Elizabeth Hilscher and Andrea Sommer-Mathis. Wien: Osterreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften, 2000, 47-61
  • "Beneath the Surface." La clemenza di Tito. Program of vthe Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (January 2000): 36-42
  • "Caterino Mazzolà" and "Pietro Metastasio" in Mozart and His Operas, ed. Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan, 2000, 130-137
  • "Opera or Oratorio?: Metastasio's Sacred opere serie." Early Music 26/4 (November 1998): 596-607
  • "Metastasio and the Image of Majesty in the Austro-Italian Baroque" in Italian Culture In Northern Europe in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Shearer West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 140-158
  • "Metastasio: Beyond the Stage in Vienna," Studies in Music from the University Of Western Ontario 16 (1997): 87-109
  • "Metastasio and Court Studies," The Court Historian [London, U.K.] 1/3 (October 1996): 16-21
  • "From Simplicity to Complexity in La clemenza di Tito" in Wolfgang Amadè Mozart: Essays on his Life and Music, ed. Stanley Sadie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, 483-96
  • "The rondò in Mozart's Late Operas," Mozart Jahrbuch 1994. Salzburg: Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, 1995, 141-55
  • "Semiramide in Vienna: beyond Metastasian Metastasis," Studien zur Musikwissenschaft 44 (1995): 113-29
  • "From Myth to Libretto" in W.A. Mozart: Idomeneo, ed. Julian Rushton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, 72-82
  • "Mazzolà, Caterino", "Metastasio", "Rondò" in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. London: Macmillan, 1992
  • "Metastasio's Reinterpretation of Aristotle," Musica Antiqua 9/1: Acta Musicologica Bydgoszcz (1991): 21-23
  • "Cartesian Principles in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito" in Music and Drama, vol. 2 of Studies in the History of Music, New York: Broude., 1988, 97-123

See also the entry for "Metastasio" and each of his opera seria works in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 4 vols., ed. Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan, 1992

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