Colleen Reardon, Professor of Music, Ph.D. in Music, University of California, Los Angeles.
Colleen Reardon is an archival scholar whose research focuses on musical culture in the Tuscan city of Siena and whose projects have been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has written about various facets of Sienese music in a number of articles and in three books, all published by Oxford University Press. Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral, 1597-1641 (1993), is a life-and-works study of the city’s most famous early modern composer. Holy Concord within Sacred Walls: Nuns and Music in Siena, 1575-1700 (2002) surveys the rich musical life in the city’s convents through extant plays, sacred autobiographies, musical scores, and financial records. A Sociable Moment: Opera and Festive Culture in Baroque Siena (2016) examines the intense production of operatic performances in the city during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and interprets them as an expression of local identity by a political subject citizenry.
Ongoing projects include a study of the cantata in Siena during the early eighteenth century and an investigation of the American tour of the Sienese soprano Marietta Piccolomini (1835–99), the first woman to sing the role of Violetta on the English stage. Reardon also has interests in film music and in the works of Stephen Sondheim.
She has served as chair and member of several committees of the American Musicological Society (Lewis Lockwood, Ruth A. Solie, Annual Meeting) and is currently President of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.
Teaching interests: Italian sacred and secular music of the long seventeenth century, musical culture in Siena, opera and singers, film music
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