Marta Tonegutti


Subjects: Music
Series: The Works of Giuseppe Verdi

As Editor for music, I acquire new book manuscripts and sponsor translation projects in a range of areas including opera studies, music aesthetics and philosophy, Medieval and Renaissance music, eighteenth-century topics, and aspects of modernism.  Recent representative books are Not Without Madness: Perspectives on Opera; American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century; Music in German Philosophy: An Introduction; Sibelius: A Composer’s Life and the Awakening of Finland; Francesca Cacini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power; A Language of Its Own: Sense and Meaning in the Making of Western Art MusicJewish Musical Modernism, Old and New; and Opera and Sovereignty: Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy. (My list is complemented by books in ethnomusicology and popular music acquired by Elizabeth Branch Dyson as well as occasional books on jazz acquired by Doug Mitchell.)

I also serve as managing editor of the critical edition of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, which Chicago co-publishes with Casa Ricordi, Milan. The next volume to appear will be Attila, which had its premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in March 2010, with Riccardo Muti conducting from second proofs of our score.

I began my career in publishing in 1988 at Casa Ricordi shortly after earning a piano diploma and a Laurea in humanities and music history at the Conservatory and University of Venice. After moving to Chicago to pursue doctoral studies in musicology at the music department of the University of Chicago (MA 1993, ABD 1998), I became involved in the preparation of the Verdi and Rossini critical editions as a translator and copyeditor and worked in various capacities at the Center for Italian American Opera (appropriately abbreviated as CIAO). I joined the Press as Editor in 2012.


I am wonderfully assisted in my work by Evan White, Editorial Associate.


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