Dr Francesca Placanica

Music

Lecturer in Music, Director of Performance, International Coordinator

Logic House

Biography

Dr Francesca Placanica is a singer and an artist-researcher experienced in opera and music theatre. She was the project-leader of the artistic research project ‘En-Gendering Monodrama: Artistic Research and Experimental Production’ completed at Maynooth University in September 2017, one of the few practice-led research projects awarded a two-year Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship.  She is currently lecturing in Performance and Musicology at the Department of Music, where she is in directing of the Performance Programme (3-year contract). 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), while other publications about Berberian and her creative approach to performance have appeared in Twentieth-Century Music and are forthcoming in a book about intertextuality (De Castro). 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 have appeared on the Journal of Musicological Research, and anthologies such as New Music Theatre in Europe (1955-1975) (Routledge, 2019),  Giacinto Scelsi: Music across the Borders (Brepols, 2019), and are forthcoming in Music and Visual Cultures (Routledge, 2020), 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 Research Centre for Performance and Practice, 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, which premiered and toured Ireland in October 2018. She has been recently awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship at University of Huddersfield, due to commence in September 2021.
For more information, visit www.francescaplacanica.com 
 

 




Research Interests

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
En-Gendering Monodrama: Artistic Research and Experimental Production. PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / GOI Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 year) 01-OCT-15 30-SEP-17 90690

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]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Recital i (for Cathy): A Drama 'Through the Voice''
Placanica F. (2018) 'Recital i (for Cathy): A Drama 'Through the Voice''. Twentieth-Century Music, 15 (3):359-397 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 'The unsung one: The performer’s voice in twentieth-century musical monodrama'
Placanica F. (2018) 'The unsung one: The performer’s voice in twentieth-century musical monodrama'. Journal of Musicological Research, 37 (2):119-140 [DOI] [full-text] [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 [full-text] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'The Female Soloist: Evolving Opportunities, Identity and Reception”'
Francesca Placanica (2020) 'The Female Soloist: Evolving Opportunities, Identity and Reception”' In: Laura Hamer (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
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 'Constructing Cathy: Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Luciano Berio’s Recital I (for Cathy)”'
Francesca Placanica (2020) 'Constructing Cathy: Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Luciano Berio’s Recital I (for Cathy)”' In: VIOLETTA KOSTKA, PAULO F. DE CASTRO, WILLIAM EVERETT (eds). INTERTEXTUALITY IN MUSIC: DIALOGIC COMPOSITION. Abingdon (UK): Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Ritual and Embodiment in Scelsi's solo vocal works'
Francesca Placanica (2019) 'Ritual and Embodiment in Scelsi's solo vocal 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]
2015 ''Unwrapping the Voice': Cathy Berberian's and John Cage's Aria'
Placanica, F (2015) ''Unwrapping the Voice': Cathy Berberian's and John Cage's Aria' In: Transformations of Musical Modernism. CAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIV 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]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Voice-Body Practices in the Music Theatre of Du Yun.
Francesca Placanica (2018) Voice-Body Practices in the Music Theatre of Du Yun. [Oral Presentation], Society of Musicology in Ireland Plenary Conference, Cork , 14-JUN-18 - 17-JUN-18 [Details]
2018 Remediation and Aporia in Neither (I nor Not I).
Francesca Placanica (2018) Remediation and Aporia in Neither (I nor Not I). [Oral Presentation], The Audiovisual Body, University of Huddersfield , 10-JUN-18 - 13-JUN-18 [Details]
2018 Remediation and Voice-Body Practices in the Music Theatre of Du Yun.
Francesca Placanica (2018) Remediation and Voice-Body Practices in the Music Theatre of Du Yun. [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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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]
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 ‘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 ‘Neither self nor unself: the aporìa of a posthuman vocality in Feldman’s and Beckett’s monodrama’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘Neither self nor unself: the aporìa of a posthuman vocality in Feldman’s and Beckett’s monodrama’. [Oral Presentation], American Comparative Literature Association International Conference, , Seminar: Posthumanist Vocality I, II, Harvard University , 17-MAR-16 - 20-MAR-16 [Details]
2015 Voices of the Avant-Garde.
Francesca Placanica (2015) Voices of the Avant-Garde. [Oral Presentation], Biennial ‘International Conference on Music Since 1900’, Glasgow University , 07-SEP-15 - 09-SEP-15 [Details]
2015 ‘Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Recital I’.
Francesca Placanica (2015) ‘Intertextuality and Intersubjectivity in Recital I’. [Oral Presentation], Intertextuality in Music since 1900, New University, Lisbon , 06-MAR-15 - 08-MAR-15 [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]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
2020 Italian Renaissance of Women.
Francesca Placanica (2020) Italian Renaissance of Women. Dublin: Invited Seminars [Details]
2015 ‘Recital I: Experimental Study and Artistic Production’.
Francesca Placanica (2015) ‘Recital I: Experimental Study and Artistic Production’. Invited Seminars [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 Speaker Hosted

  Year Publication
2020 Cathy Berberian's 'Stripsody'.
Francesca Placanica, Eleonora Lima (2020) Cathy Berberian's 'Stripsody'. Dublin: Guest Speaker Hosted [Details]
2019 JOURNÉE D’ÉTUDES SEQUENZA III DE LUCIANO BERIO.
Francesca Placanica (2019) JOURNÉE D’ÉTUDES SEQUENZA III DE LUCIANO BERIO. Paris: Guest Speaker Hosted [Details]
2016 ‘New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975’.
Francesca Placanica (2016) ‘New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975’. Guest Speaker Hosted [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 MSCA Seal of Excellence MSCA

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Teaching and Learning Committee Member 2019 / 2022
Teaching and Learning Committee Member 2019 / 2022
Arts and Humanities Festival Member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2011 Conservatorio F. Torrefranca, Vibo Valentia Diploma di Canto Opera Singing
2007 Southern Methodist University (USA) Master of Music Music
2003 Universita' della Calabria (I) Laurea (equivalent to MA) Disciplines of Arts, Music and Drama
2013 University of Southampton PhD Music
2005 Newcastle University (UK) MMUS Voice Performance

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Fluent Functional Fluent
German Basic Basic Basic
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Latin Functional Basic None
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Classical Greek Functional Functional None

Outreach Activities

  Description

An evening event about Cathy Berberian's Stripsody.

Short Grass FilmFestival: a celebration of short-films awarded a Short Grass bursary. Screening my production 'Neither (I nor Not I)', output of my En-Gendering Monodrama project. Link

Rinascimento Femminile. Singing Francesca Caccini's Ariosto.

Other Activities

  Description

Private tuition to amateurs and professionals.

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
University of Huddersfield UNITED KINGDOM

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Dr Jason D'Aoust Co-curator U.S.A.