Ceriani, Davide

Davide Ceriani
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music (2011-13)

Dr. Ceriani was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at Columbia, 2011-13


Davide Ceriani received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University in May 2011 and is now a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Columbia. Davide earned his Degree in saxophone at the Conservatory of Bologna in his native Italy in 1999. He began graduate work in music history at the University of Florence, where he earned his "Laurea" cum laude with a thesis on the music press in Italy during the 1920s. He was also a visiting student at the University of Saint-Denis, Paris 8, in 1997-1998 and, during the summer of 2000, worked as an intern at the Music Department of France's National Library. In 2001-2002 he was a visiting student at Smith College in Massachusetts, where he earned a Diploma in America Studies. Davide returned to Massachusetts to pursue a Ph.D. at Harvard in 2003. His dissertation, "Italianizing the Metropolitan Opera House: Giulio Gatti-Casazza's Era and the Politics of Opera in New York City, 1908-1935," explores the reception of Italian opera in the United States in the early twentieth century, the political agenda of Gatti-Casazza during his years as general manager of the Met, and its consequences for the Italian community of New York. Other research interests include music in Italy during the interwar period, and Italian opera during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His interdisciplinary approach aims to bring together disciplines such as music history, American and Italian studies, anthropology, and sociology. Davide has presented papers in North America (American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, University of California at Berkeley, etc.), Europe (Society for Nineteenth-Century Music, Saggiatore Musicale, Societa italiana di musicologia, European University Institute, etc.), the Middle East (Israel Musicological Society), and at the meeting of the International Musicological Society. At Columbia, he will be working on a project tentatively entitled "Defining Italian Cultural Identity in New York City through Opera: The Years of Mass Migration (1879-1924)."