Dr Francesca Placanica

Music

Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Logic House

Biography

Dr Francesca Placanica is a singer and an artist-researcher, project-leader of the artistic research project ‘En-Gendering Monodrama: Artistic Research and Experimental Production’, one of the few practice-led research projects awarded a two-year Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship (2015-7) completed at Maynooth University in September 2017. She has lectured and is currently lecturing in Performance and Musicology (one-year cover), in charge of the Performance Program and the MA in Performance and Musicology at Maynooth University. Francesca is co-editor of Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality (Ashgate, 2014) and has worked extensively on primary sources from Cathy Berberian’s private archives while completing her Master’s thesis Cathy Berberian: Performance as Composition at Southern Methodist University (2007), and further in 2012 and 2015-16. Her essay on Berberian and Cage’s collaboration on Aria appeared in Transformations of Musical Modernism, edited by E. Guldbrandsen and J. Johnson (CUP, 2015). Other publications about Berberian and her creative approach to performance are forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Music and in the book Intertextuality in Music 1900 (Celestini, De Castro, eds.) Her articles and essays, spanning nineteenth-century Italian opera and twentieth-century vocality, have appeared in Music and Letters, the Revue Belge de MusicologieThe Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia, and in Music + Practice. Outputs from her research project on monodrama are forthcoming in The Journal of Musicological Research and anthologies such as New Music Theatre in Europe (1955-1975) (Adlington, Borio, Schmidt, eds.), Music and Visual Cultures (Cascelli, Condon, eds.), Rethinking Scelsi, the Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900 (ed. Hamer). She has been invited as speaker at numerous International symposia and conferences and is now collaborating on special issues journal projects with colleagues across Europe and the USA. She is the creator and organizer of the Embodied Monologues interdisciplinary research series and network. Francesca holds a PhD from the University of Southampton (2013) and has international experience as a professional opera singer, having obtained relevant degrees in voice performance and musicology from Italy, the UK, and the USA. In 2016 she was awarded a five-year Visiting Research Fellowship at University of Huddersfield to pursue embodied research practices at the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research, while in 2017 she was granted an Irish Arts Council music commission award to have a vocal work composed for her by Irish composer Ryan Molloy and Irish poet Martin Dyar, due to premiere and tour Ireland in October 2018. 
For more information, visit www.francescaplacanica.com 
 

 




Books

  Year Publication
2014 Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of contemporary vocality.
Karantonis P.;Placanica F.;Sivuoja-Kauppala A.;Verstraete P. (2014) Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of contemporary vocality. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 '“La Voix Humaine (1959-2016) and The ‘Epiphany’ of the Performer’s Identity”'
Francesca Placanica (2020) '“La Voix Humaine (1959-2016) and The ‘Epiphany’ of the Performer’s Identity”' In: Antonio Cascelli, Denis Condon (eds). Music and Visual Cultures. London: Routledge. [Details]
2020 'Contructing Cathy: Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Luciano Berio’s Recital I (for Cathy)”'
Francesca Placanica (2020) 'Contructing Cathy: Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Luciano Berio’s Recital I (for Cathy)”' In: Paulo De Castro, Federico Celestini (eds). Intertextuality in Music since 1900. unknown: Unknown. [Details]
2019 'Vocal Chamber Works'
Francesca Placanica (2019) 'Vocal Chamber Works' In: Federico Celestini (eds). Giacinto Scelsi: Music Across the Borders. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
2019 '“Embodied Commitments: Solo Performance and the Making of Avant-garde Music Theatre”'
Francesca Placanica (2019) '“Embodied Commitments: Solo Performance and the Making of Avant-garde Music Theatre”' In: Robert Adlington and Gianmario Borio (eds). New Music Theatre in Europe 1955-75. Farnham: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'The Female Soloist: Evolving Opportunities, Image and Reception”'
Francesca Placanica (2019) 'The Female Soloist: Evolving Opportunities, Image and Reception”' In: Laura Hamer (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2015 '‘“Unwrapping” the Voice: Cathy Berberian’s and John Cage’s Aria (1958)’'
Francesca Placanica (2015) '‘“Unwrapping” the Voice: Cathy Berberian’s and John Cage’s Aria (1958)’' In: Erling Guldbrandsen and Julian Johnson (eds). Transformations of Musical Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2014 'La nuova vocalità  nell'opera contemporanea (1966): Cathy Berberian's legacy'
Placanica F. (2014) 'La nuova vocalità  nell'opera contemporanea (1966): Cathy Berberian's legacy' In: Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 '2018. ‘The Unsung One: The Performer’s Voice in Twentieth-Century Musical Monodrama’'
Francesca Placanica (2018) '2018. ‘The Unsung One: The Performer’s Voice in Twentieth-Century Musical Monodrama’'. Journal of Musicological Research, 2 (37) [Details]
2018 '‘Recital I (for Cathy): A Drama ‘through’ the voice’'
Francesca Placanica (2018) '‘Recital I (for Cathy): A Drama ‘through’ the voice’'. Twentieth-Century Music, [Details]
2012 '‘Mercadante in Paris (1835-36). 2012. The Critical View’'
Francesca Placanica (2012) '‘Mercadante in Paris (1835-36). 2012. The Critical View’'. Revue belge d'histoire contemporaine. Belgisch tijdschrift voor nieuwste geschiedenis, (66):151-166 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 The international Performance Studies Network comprises professional and amateur musicians, scholars working in a range of musicological disciplines (including music history, analysis, psychology, pedagogy, ethnomusicology and composition) and colleagues from the creative industries. The fifth international conference of the Performance Studies Network will be held at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Slemdalsveien 11, 0363 Oslo, Norway. The aim is to debate theories, methodologies and practices of performance, and to engage with increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary developments in the field in order to encourage a more global perspective on performance studies.
Francesca Placanica (2018) The international Performance Studies Network comprises professional and amateur musicians, scholars working in a range of musicological disciplines (including music history, analysis, psychology, pedagogy, ethnomusicology and composition) and colleagues from the creative industries. The fifth international conference of the Performance Studies Network will be held at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Slemdalsveien 11, 0363 Oslo, Norway. The aim is to debate theories, methodologies and practices of performance, and to engage with increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary developments in the field in order to encourage a more global perspective on performance studies. [Oral Presentation], Performance Studies Network, Oslo , 05-JUL-18 - 08-JUL-18 [Details]
2017 The voice and its instruments: Cathy Berberian’s 'New Vocality' and the “living body.
Francesca Placanica (2017) The voice and its instruments: Cathy Berberian’s 'New Vocality' and the “living body. [Oral Presentation], Vocality/Instrumentality, University of Huddersfield [Details]
2016 ‘Embodied Monologues: Solo Performance, Intertextuality and the Making of Avant-Garde Music Theatre’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘Embodied Monologues: Solo Performance, Intertextuality and the Making of Avant-Garde Music Theatre’. [Oral Presentation], Research Seminar, Maynooth University [Details]
2016 ‘Monodramatic Immersions: Repositioning the Solo Performer’s Embodied Voice’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘Monodramatic Immersions: Repositioning the Solo Performer’s Embodied Voice’. [Oral Presentation], Operatic Immersions: Inaugural conference of the Northern Opera Research Network, University of Huddersfield/Leeds [Details]
2016 Panel Presentation: Reconceiving the Performer.
Francesca Placanica (2016) Panel Presentation: Reconceiving the Performer. [Oral Presentation], INVITED SPEAKER: ‘New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975’, Venice, Giorgio Cini Foundation [Details]
2016 ‘The Quest for Voice: En-Gendering Neither’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘The Quest for Voice: En-Gendering Neither’. [Oral Presentation], Society for Musicology of Ireland Plenary International Conference, Dublin City University [Details]
2016 ‘Neither in performance: background study and notes for an experimental production’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘Neither in performance: background study and notes for an experimental production’. [Oral Presentation], Performance Studies Network, Bath Spa UK [Details]
2016 ‘La Voix humaine and the epiphany of the performer’s identity’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘La Voix humaine and the epiphany of the performer’s identity’. [Oral Presentation], Music and Visual Cultures, Maynooth University [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2015 ‘Female Epiphanies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Musical Monodrama: Experimental Study and Artistic Production.’.
Francesca Placanica (2015) ‘Female Epiphanies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Musical Monodrama: Experimental Study and Artistic Production.’. Music + Practice, The Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2013 21 biographical entries.
Francesca Placanica (2013) 21 biographical entries. Cambridge: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2011 Review. ‘D'une scène à l'autre: L'opéra italien en Europe. ed. Damien Colas, and Alessandro Di Profio, Vol. 1: Les Pérégrinations d'un genre and Vol. 2: La Musique à l’épreuve du théâtre. (Wavre: Mardaga, 2009)’.
Francesca Placanica (2011) Review. ‘D'une scène à l'autre: L'opéra italien en Europe. ed. Damien Colas, and Alessandro Di Profio, Vol. 1: Les Pérégrinations d'un genre and Vol. 2: La Musique à l’épreuve du théâtre. (Wavre: Mardaga, 2009)’. Reviews [Details]

Guest Editor

  Year Publication
2019 ‘Vocal Embodiment and Remediation’.
Jason D'Aoust, Francesca Placanica (2019) ‘Vocal Embodiment and Remediation’. Guest Editor [Details]