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Delia Casadei

Delia Casadei

Research Fellow, Jesus College


Delia Casadei is a Research Fellow at Jesus College.  Her research focuses on the relationship of voice and politics in Italian twentieth century music, particularly with respect to ideologies of language, citizenship and theories of community. Her Ph.D. thesis (University of Pennsylvania, 2015) concentrates on the intersection between vocal musical production, language politics, and intellectual history in Milan, between 1955 and 1974, and explores a wide network of musical activities ranging from electronic art music by Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna, to Milan’s Neo Folk Music collective, (the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano), to commercial hits (particularly by Adriano Celentano).

Her current research develops the theme of the relation of voice to politics by investigating the relationship between laughter and music in the West, particularly, but not exclusively, in the twentieth century. By moving beyond theories of musical humor, she hopes to frame laughter as sonorous phenomenon in its own right, a complex technique of the body that, like music, has deep ties with community and to the suspension of semantic speech.

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Jesus College:

Research Interests

The politics of the voice’s relationship to language, particularly in the Italian twentieth century.

Key Publications

2016   “Milan’s Studio di Fonologia: Voice Politics in the City, 1955-58,” Journal of the Royal Musical Association, accepted for publication.

2014     “Orality, Invisibility, and Laughter in Bruno Maderna and Virginio Puecher’s Hyperion (1964),” Opera Quarterly, Vol. 30, No.1 (Winter 2014), 105-134.

2012   “Towards a Multitudinous Voice: Dario Fo’s Adaptation of L’Histoire du Soldat,” co-authored with Rossella Carbotti, Cambridge Opera Journal, 24, No.2 (July 2013), 201-228.