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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Chloe Valenti

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    01223 762259
    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Bye Fellow in Music; Director of Studies; Director of Music

    There is nothing I love more than seeing the unique personality of each student flourish during their time at the Murray Edwards.

    Degrees and honours

    • BA (Hons) in Music at Bristol University.
    • AHRC-funded MPhil in Musicology at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
    • Ph.D. on Verdi Reception in London, 1842-1877 at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.

    Awards and prizes

    • Teaching Excellence Award, May 2014, Cambridge University Students Union. Special Mention in the Supervisor category ‘in recognition of outstanding supervisions’.


    As Director of Studies in Music I interview Music candidates for the College, organise teaching provision for undergraduate Music students and undertake undergraduate teaching. I supervise and lecture on a range of subjects, including opera, instrumental and vocal music in the nineteenth century and musical theatre. As Director of Music I act as advisor and Senior Treasurer of the Murray Edwards Music Society and organise the maintenance of the college music facilities. I organise and co-judge the Murray Edwards Music Scholarship Competition, Murray Edwards Choral Awards, and liaise with the Orchestra on the Hill.


    ‘Adulation and Appropriation: The Emergence of Verdi’s Political Image in 1860s England’

    Roberto Illiano (ed.), VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: Music from Risorgimento to the Unification of Italy, Studies on Italian Music History, Vol. 8 (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, November 2013).

    Book Reviews

    Abramo Basevei, trans. Edward Schneider and Stefano Castelvecchi, The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Forthcoming in Music & Letters.

    George W. Martin, Verdi in America: Oberto through Rigoletto (University of Rochester Press, 2011) Music & Letters, 95/3, 2014.

    Pierpaolo Polzonetti , Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution,  Cambridge Studies in Opera (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011) Music & Letters , 95/1, Feb 2014.

    Nicholas Baragwanath, The Italian Traditions and Puccini: Compositional Theory and Practice in Nineteenth-Century Opera (Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 2011) Music & Letters, 94/4, 2013.

    Recording Reviews

    J. Mysliveček: Medonte, L'arte del Mondo, dir. Werner Ehrhardt; C. W. Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia, Armonia Atenea, dir. Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Dabringhaus und Grimm; C. W. Gluck: Iphigenia in Aulis, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Köln, dir. Christoph Spering, Oehms Classics; J.R. Zumsteeg: Die Geisterinsel, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, dir. Frieder Bernius; J. C. Vogel: La Toison d'or, Le Concert Spirituel, Chor des Staatstheater Nürnberg, dir. Hervé Niquet, Glossa; C. W. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, Bejun Mehta, Eva Liebau, Regula Mühlemann, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, dir. Václav Luks, Arthaus. Early Music,42/4, November 2014.