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Faculty of Music

 Ditlev  Rindom


PhD Student


Ditlev Rindom is a PhD candidate at Clare college, where his research is fully-funded by an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award and the Nigel and Judy Weiss Research Studentship. His research focuses on operatic and cultural networks between Milan, New York and Buenos Aires around 1900, examining ideas and practices surrounding Italian opera and italianità during an era of unprecedented technological modernity. He is spending part of the 2017-18 academic year as a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University, funded by a Clare/Yale Mellon Scholarship. 

Ditlev read English literature at Magdalen College, Oxford (BA Hons) and studied piano and piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music (PGDip, MMus); he also participated in masterclasses at L'Académie International de Musique in Courchevel. His main teachers were John Barstow, Benjamin Frith, Pascal Nemirovski and Julius Drake. He performed throughout the UK and on BBC Radio, including being selected as a Park Lane Group Young Artist, before coming to Cambridge to pursue musicology and study for the MPhil and PhD with Dr Benjamin Walton. Ditlev has presented his research at conferences in the UK, Italy, USA, Canada, Argentina and Japan including the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Biennial 19th-Century Music Conference, Tosc@Bologna and Tosc@Bern, and the International Musicological Society's Quinquennial Meeting. He has guest-lectured at universities in Italy and Argentina and is closely involved with the IMS study group "Relazioni Italo IberoAmericane”. Ditlev has also worked for many years as an opera critic, and currently writes for Opera magazine. Ditlev's wider interests include media theory (and opera's relationship with different media and art forms throughout the long nineteenth century), voice studies, music and temporality, theories of nationalism and globalisation, film, operatic staging, and the history of Italy. 


Key publications: 

"Italians Abroad: Verdi's La traviata and the 1906 Milan Exposition" (Cambridge Opera Journal, forthcoming)

"Celluloid Diva: Staging Leoncavallo's Zazà in the Cinematic Age" (Journal of the Royal Musical Association, forthcoming)

"Review article: Karen Henson, Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century" (Opera Quarterly, Vol.33, No.1, 2017 pp87-95, special issue on operetta guest-edited by Carolyn Abbate and Flora Willson)

"Counting Time: Rousseau and Music" (contribution to colloquy on Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages for Leverhulme Trust)

Review: Giacomo Puccini and His World, edited by Arman Schwartz and Emanuele Senici (Nineteenth-Century Music Review, available online December 2017)

Review: Ellen Lockhart, Animation, Plasticity and Music in Italy, 1770-1830 (Music and Letters, forthcoming)