Daniela Kaleva

Dr Daniela Kaleva is an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI 2014, 2016) of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100‒1800). From 2018 she is Program Leader in the Music Theatre Department of the Australian Institute of Music (Melbourne Campus) and she was formerly Coordinator of Music at the University of South Australia. She uses interdisciplinary and creative practice methods to study visuality and plurimediality in vocal concert and theatrical genres. In the field of historical musicology, Daniela contributes regularly to knowledge of the cultural output of Melbourne-born music publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer of Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre. Daniela is also interested in the digital humanities and in sustainability of digital research collections. Daniela is an expert in rhetorical gesture and has produced, directed and performed in research-led productions of baroque vocal music. She is currently working on the Arianna Project which is comprised of three performance case studies exploring the monody Lamento d’Arianna (Venice and Orvietto, 1623), originally from the opera L’Arianna (1608, Mantua) by Ottavio Rinuccini and Claudio Monteverdi, and its religious contrafactum Il pianto della Madonna (Venice, 1641). The study examines the impact of historical acting techniques on performance practice, understanding of stile rappresentativo (theatrical style) and modern audience reception.


AIM Profile


A Comparative Audience Reception Study of Historically Recreated Opera with Reference to Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna

Performing Religious Affect in Claudio Monteverdi’s Il pianto della Madonna

Relevant Publications

Kaleva, D.‘"Lamento d’Arianna": A Transhistorical Study of Staged Emotions and Affective Audience Responses’. In Opera, Emotion, and the Antipodes Volume II: Applied Perspectives: Compositions and Performances, edited by J. W. Davidson, M. Halliwell and  S. Rocke, 137–66. New York: Routledge, 2021.

Kaleva, D. ‘Emotions in a Historically Informed Performance of ‘Il pianto della Madonna’ by Claudio Monteverdi’. In Performing History: Approaches to History Across Musicology, Studies in History and Sociology of Music, edited by Nancy November, pp. 72–98. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2020.

Kaleva, D. 'Through the lens of performance and performativity: reframing the research quality and impact of ethnographic digital research archives'.  In  (editors) (eds), Research, records and responsibility : ten years of PARADISEC, edited by A. Harris, N. Thieberger and L. Barwick, pp. 19-37. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2015.

Kaleva, D. 'Performative Research: A Performance-led Study of Lamento d’Arianna with Historically Informed Rhetorical Gesture'. Musicology Australia, Special Issue, 'Music Performance and Performativity' 36.2 (2014): 209‒34.

Davidson, J. and D. Kaleva (eds). Musicology Australia, Special Issue, 'Music Performance and Performativity' 36.2 (2014).

'Lamento d’Arianna by O. Rinuccini and C. Monteverdi with Historically Informed Rhetorical Gesture'. Daniela Kaleva (producer), Tessa Miller (soprano), Glenys March (harpsichord), Catherine Finnis (viola da gamba), Helga M. Hill OAM (gesture director), Shane Dunn (costume), Andrew Shanks (director of photography), Phil van Hout (sound), Alex Plisco (lighting), (non-traditional output: audio/visual recording), 2014.

Non-Traditional Outputs

Grynchuk, M., G. Chin, D. Kaleva, P. R. van Hout. 'Gypsy nights: a cabaret experience of vibrant and enigmatic gypsy songs and stories'. Cabaret Fringe Festival 2015. The Promethean 5‒6 June 2015.

Kaleva, D., D. Nicholson, C. di Niro, P. R. van Hout, H. Baltussen, G. Chiro. 'L'Arianna abbandonata e gloriosa: presenting historically informed Italian baroque performance in a contemplation on grief and its transformational properties', Mortlock Chamber, State Library of South Australia, 25 November 2014.