Antonia Banducci

Antonia L. Banducci


What I do

In addition to my research activities, which includes work on my book, "Made for the Stage: The Operas of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1673-1686) under contract with Routledge, I teach both undergraduate and graduate classes at the Lamont School of Music. I have served as a chair and as a member of a variety of committees, including faculty search committees, third-year reviews, and tenure and promotion committees. I was promoted to full professor on September 1, 2019.


French Baroque opera, performance in French Baroque opera, opera studies in general, early music in general

Professional Biography

An Associate Professor and past Chair of the Department of Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Theory at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, Antonia L. Banducci specializes in French Baroque opera. A Fulbright Scholar, her dissertation, "Tancrède by Antoine Danchet and André Campra: Performance History and Reception (1702-1764)," (Washington University, St. Louis, 1990) received the National Opera Association's First Biennial Award for Best Dissertation on an Operatic Topic. In addition to having edited and provided an introduction and appendices for the facsimile edition of André Campra's Tancrède (Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon Press, 2006), she has published articles in Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, and the Journal for Seventeenth-Century Music. She has presented papers and at both national and international musicology meetings. She has also chaired sessions at national musicology meetings. She served as Secretary of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music 2009-2012 and has most recently served as chair of the Society's Nomination Committee.


  • Ph.D., Musicology, Washington University, St. Louis, 1990
  • BA, Humanities, University of Colorado, 1987
  • MA, Musicology, Adams State College, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • American Musicological Society
  • Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Handel Society
  • Fulbright Organization


My research focus is French Baroque Opera. I am currently writing a book, __Made for the Stage: The Operas of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1673-1686)__, which covers Lully's Académie Royale de Musique as Lully's muses, the importance of the female performers as they take center stage, Lully's use of instrumental music to convey the mute dramatic events on stage, the connections of the iconographical frontispieces with the operas' plots, and a detailed discussion of staging Lully's __Armide__ (1686).

Featured Publications

Banducci, Antonia L. “Staging And Its Dramatic Effect In French Baroque Opera: Evidence From Prompt Notes.” Eighteenth-Century Music 1, (2004): 5-28.
Banducci, Antonia L. “Du Jeu Scénique Et De Son Effet Dramatique : L'apport Des Didascalies Manuscrites Scéniques Dans Les Livrets Et Partitions.” In Musique Et Geste En France De Lully À La Révolution: Études Sur La Musique, Le Théâtre Et La Danse. edited by Jacqueline Waeber. 115-128 Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang. 2009.


Banducci, Antonia L. “Actrices Et Acteurs Comme Muses Chez Lully Et Campra” Séminaire Post-Doctoral Du Grimas , Paris, France, Université Paris-Sorbonne , 2014.
Banducci, Antonia L. “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Lully's Amadis? ” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.
Banducci, Antonia L. “An Opera Troupe's Power In The Invention Of A Genre: Jean-Baptiste Lully's Académie Royale De Musique” Convegno Internationale: Music And Power In The Baroque Era, Lucca, Italy, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, 2016.
Banducci, Antonia L. “Two Actrices, Conflicted Emotions, Spectators, And An Upstaged Hero: Lully And Quinault's Thésée” Rethinking Music In France During The Baroque Era, Paris and Versailles, France, Institut de Recherche en Musicologie, Sorbonne Université, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2018.