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Faculty of Music

 Delphine  Mordey


Outreach & Impact Coordinator
Affiliated Lecturer
Director of Studies, Newnham College
Director of Music, Newnham College
19th- and early 20th-century French music history, Opera studies


Delphine Mordey is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, and Fellow, Director of Studies in Music and Director of Music at Newnham College, Cambridge. She completed her BA and Master of Studies in Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, before moving to King’s College Cambridge for a PhD on music in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War, Siege and Commune (1870-1871). Her research and teaching centres on French musical culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her articles, reviews and translations have appeared in 19th-Century Music, Music and Letters, Cambridge Opera Journal, Fontes Artis Musicae, Music Analysis, and Cultural and Social History. Delphine was awarded the Faculty’s Teaching Prize in 2015 and 2019


Key publications: 

Articles and Chapters

1. 'Critical Battlegrounds in the French Third Republic', in The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, ed. Christopher Dingle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

2. 'Carmen, Communarde. Bizet, 'Habanera' (Carmen), Carmen, Act I', Cambridge Opera Journal, 28/2 (July 2016), pp. 215-219

3. 'Review Article: Operatic Stories', Cambridge Opera Journal, 25/1 (March 2013), pp. 105-116

4. ''Dans le palais du son, on fait de la farine': Performing at the Opéra during the 1870 siege of Paris', Music and Letters, 93/1 (February 2012), pp. 1-28

5. 'Moments Musicaux: High Culture in the Paris Commune', Cambridge Opera Journal, 22/1 (March 2010), pp. 1-31

6. 'Auber's Horses: L'Année terrible and Apocalyptic Narratives of French Music History', 19th-Century Music, 30/3 (Spring 2007), pp. 213-229


Other publications: 


D. Mordey (trans.), Bertrand Jaeger, 'Review: Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions. By Christophe Grabowski and John Rink', Music and Letters, 94/1 (2013), pp. 163-166

D. Mordey (trans.), M. Grabocz, 'Review: Les écritures du temps - Edited by Fabien Lévy', Music Analysis, 25/3 (October 2006), pp. 359-368 


D. Mordey, ‘Donizetti: La Favorite DVD (Toulouse Opera)’, Nineteenth-Century Music Review (forthcoming, 2018)

D. Mordey, ‘Mark Everist, Annegret Fauser (eds), Music, Theater, and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830-1914 (Chicago, 2009)’, Cultural and Social History, 9/2 (June 2012), pp. 306-308

D. Mordey, ‘Jacques Depaulis, Reynaldo Hahn (Seguier, 2007)’, Fontes artis musicae, 56/1 (January-March 2009), pp. 90-91