Maria Virginia Acuña

Maria Virginia Acuña is a musicologist specializing in early music and operatic repertoire, with an additional expertise in Spanish music, and music and gender studies. Virginia began her musical studies at the National Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto, and a master of arts and bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. She has taught courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is currently a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Virginia’s research has been funded and recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the American Musicological Society, and the Canadian University Music Society. Her research on early Spanish musical theatre appears in Eighteenth-Century Music, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and in conference proceedings. She is also co-author of Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2018).

Previously taught:

  • A Flight of Liberal Arts: “One God! One Farinelli!”: Castrati Singers in Baroque Opera   LIB137
  • Free Forum | Research in Action: Women in Spanish Baroque Music Theatre
  • Opera in Performance: Cross-Dressing, Castrati and Star Singers (55+)   PLUS226
  • Staging Spain in Opera: Passion, Piety and Exoticism (55+)   PLUS340
  • The Lover, the Beloved and the Insatiable Sorceress: Women in Early Opera (55+)   PLUS302

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