Álvaro Torrente

Universidad Complutense

Álvaro Torrente holds a degree in Musicology from the Universidad de Salamanca (1993) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1997). He is a Professor in Music History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Director of the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales.

His research focuses on Spanish secular song and sacred villancico as well as on Italian opera of the 17th and 18th centuries. His publications include La ópera en España e Hispanoamérica (with E. Casares, 2001), Devotional music in the Iberian World (with T. Knighton, 2007), which received the Stevenson Award of the American Musicological Society (2008), and Historia de la Música en España e Hispanoamérica: La música en el siglo XVII (2016).

Álvaro is Associate Editor of The Operas of Francesco Cavalli (Bärenreiter), and his editions early operas earned the the Deustche Musikeditionpreis (2013) and have been performed at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, Theater Basel and Nederlandse Oper.

He is the Principal Investigator of the project DIDONE. The Sources of Absolute Music: Mapping Emotions in Eighteenth-Century Italian Opera, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant.