Marina Romani

North American Editor

Marina Romani

Marina Romani was born in a town on the Adriatic coast, in Italy, and was educated in Rome. She gained her Laurea (BA) in Languages and Literature in 2006 at Università Roma Tre (awarded cum laude), with a dissertation on classical music and contemporary popular mythology in Salman Rushdie's The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Eventually she pursued her Master's degree in Comparative Literature at King's College London, working under the supervision of Professor Roger Parker and establishing close links with the Music Department.

She specializes in musical historiography and criticism. Her MA dissertation, awarded with distinction, centred on the re-articulation of Verdi's figure and his major operas during the fascist regime in Italy. Having been offered a five-year scholarship at Berkeley, she is now based in San Francisco. She is pursuing a PhD in Italian Studies that will focus on 19th century opera in the 20th and 21st centuries context.

Her musical enthusiasms have always been inseparable from her academic career. Despite longing to be a scientist at elementary school, along the years she realized she was more eager to spend hours at the piano and to conduct polyphonic choirs. She has studied piano since the age of 5 and holds an intermediate diploma from the Conservatorio di Pescara. In Rome, she acted as piano accompanist and soprano soloist for Schola Cantorum Santa Maria degli Angeli, performing a repertoire ranging from Palestrina, to Mozart, to Britten. Her strongest passions dwell in the Baroque tradition, choral works, and Italian opera. With her choir in Rome she has toured Italy and Germany, and released a CD of Puccini's Messa di Gloria (2005).

In London, she enjoyed being part of the vibrant musical life of the city. She sang with Christ Church Choir (Chelsea) together with graduates from the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music. She has also been a singer at St. Martin's in the Fields, and she has recently performed with the King's Consort (November 2008). In addition, in 2008 she acted as student representative for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, thus taking an active part in promoting classical music. She has also pursued her voice studies with soprano Celeste Gattai from the Royal Opera House chorus, and she has presented papers at several conferences, such as the 2008 Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference.

She also combines her musical passions with multidisciplinary enthusiasms, which vary from film studies, to cognitive psychology, to contemporary history. She has been an assiduous attendee of free lectures at the London School of Economics, and enrolled for masterclasses at Birkbeck College with Slavoj Žižek (on cinema and ideology) and Etienne Balibar (on democracy in the 20th century). She is an amateur photographer, is fluent in English, French and Italian, and has acquired basics of Swedish and Russian. She also enjoys translating from English, French and Italian – one of her latest works being the translation of a 17th century musical text. Photography is her other passion. Some of her works are at Things I Don't Want to Forget and The History of Where We'Ve Been.