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 specialized 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.

She has presented papers at several conferences, such as the 2008 Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference. Having been offered a five-year scholarship at Berkeley, she is now waiting to embark on a PhD in Italian Studies that will focus on 19th and 20th century music within the European historical panorama.

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).

Now based in London, she can enjoy being part of the vibrant musical life of the city. She sings with Christ Church Choir (Chelsea) together with graduates from the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music. She is also a singer at St. Martin's in the Fields (conductor: John Landor); 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 is currently continuing her voice studies with soprano Celeste Gattai from the Royal Opera House chorus.

She also combines her musical passions with multidisciplinary enthusiasms, which vary from film studies, to cognitive psychology, to contemporary history. She is 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 fluent 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. She is also an amateur photographer. Some of her works can be found on her blog The Histories of Where We've Been.