Martin Nedbal

School of Music - Music
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Murphy Hall
Room 338
University of Kansas
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


Martin Nedbal is Associate Professor of Musicology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on German and Czech music, especially opera, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His book, "Morality and Viennese Opera in the Age of Mozart and Beethoven," was published in 2017 by Routledge.

Nedbal has published widely on the subjects of morality, censorship, and constructions of national identity in Mozart's operas. His Mozart-related articles appeared in 19th-Century Music, Opera Quarterly, Acta Musicologica, Divadelní revue (Czech Theater Review), Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America, the database Mozart: New Documents, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. His articles on Beethoven’s “Fidelio” appeared in The Musical Quarterly and Ars Lyrica.

Nedbal's research also focuses on Czech opera, especially the works of Smetana and Dvořák, and on German music and musicology in Prague. His work about these subjects has been published in Current Musicology, Journal of Musicological Research, and Music and Politics.

Nedbal’s current projects focus on nationalism and the reception of eighteenth-century opera in nineteenth-century Prague and the history of German musical cultures in Bohemia. He is also finishing a translation of Leoš Janáček’s theoretical works, which will be published by Editio Janáček.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Kansas, Nedbal worked at the University of Arkansas for seven years and received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from the Eastman School of Music in 2009.


Ph.D., Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

M.A., Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

M.M., Clarinet Performance, Syracuse University

B.A., German and Russian Studies, Hamilton College

Additional Studies, Moscow International University

Additional Studies, Vienna University

Teaching Interests

  • Classical and Romantic Music
  • Opera History
  • Music and Politics

Research Interests

  • Mozart's Operas
  • Beethoven
  • Czech Music
  • Nationalism

Selected Publications

Nedbal, M. (2018). Mozart’s "Figaro" and "Don Giovanni," Operatic Canon, and National Politics in Nineteenth-Century Prague. 19th-Century Music, 41(3).

Nedbal, M. (in press). Rectifying the Rectified: Beethoven, Die schöne Schusterin, and Viennese Roots of Fidelio's Morality . Ars Lyrica , 25(2016).

Nedbal, M. (2017). Domenico Guardasoni's Prague Conducting Score of Così fan tutte. Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America, 21(2).

Nedbal, M. (2017). Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera . Morality and Viennese Opera in in the Age of Mozart and Beethoven, Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press.

Nedbal, M. (2017). Prague's Estates Theater, Mozart, and Bohemian Patriotism. 14. Mozart Society of America .

Nedbal, M. (2016). František Šír’s First Czech Translation of Mozart’s Final Opera Buffa and the Reception of Così fan tutte in Prague 1791-1831. Divadelní revue (Czech Theater Review), 27(2), 53-70.

Nedbal, M. (2016). Preaching (German) Morals in Vienna: The Case of Mozart and Umlauf. In Proceedings from "Mozart in Prague: A Joint Conference of the Mozart Society of America and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music," Prague, Czech Republic, June 9-13, 2009 (pp. 277-286). Mozart Society of America. Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. Etnologický Ústav Akademie věd České Republiky.

Nedbal, M. (2015). Reinterpreting "The Bartered Bride": Vasek as a Model for Britten's Albert Herring. Journal of Musicological Research, 34(4).

Nedbal, M. (2015). Sex, Politics, and Censorship in Mozart's "Don Giovanni"/"Don Juan". In P. Hall (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nedbal, M. (2012). How Moral Is "Fidelio"?: Didacticism in the Finales of Beethoven's Leonore Operas. The Musical Quarterly, 95/2-3, 396-449.

Nedbal, M. (2012). Live Marionettes and Divas on the Strings: "Die Zauberflöte's" Interactions with Puppet Theater. The Opera Quarterly, 28/1-2, 20-36.

Nedbal, M. (2009). Mozart as a Viennese Moralist: "Die Zauberflöte" and its Maxims. Acta Musicologica, 81/1, 123-158.

Nedbal, M. (2007). Dvorak's "Armida" and the Czech Oriental 'Self '. Current Musicology, 84 , 25-52.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Nedbal, M. . (11/11/2017). Building the National Opera Museum: Czech Approaches to Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte in Early Nineteenth-Century Prague. Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Rochester, NY

Nedbal, M. . (10/21/2017). Eighteenth-Century Opera and Modern Nationalism: Angelo Neumann, Gustav Mahler, and the 1887 Don Giovanni Centennial in Prague. Seventh Biennial Meeting of the Mozart Society of America. London, ON

Nedbal, M. . (09/16/2017). Czech Political Debates of the 1860s and the Representation of the Middle Ages in Smetana's The Brandenburgers in Bohemia. Mid-America Medieval Association's 41st Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO

Nedbal, M. . (07/07/2017). Building the National Opera Museum: Czech Approaches to Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte in Early Nineteenth-Century Prague. Second Transnational Opera Studies Conference. Bern, Switzerland

Nedbal, M. . (06/20/2017). The Politics of Operatic Autonomy: Don Giovanni at Prague's Estates Theater 1787-1887. Opera's Canonic Entanglements, International Conference. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Nedbal, M. . (05/27/2017). Dialogic Complexities of Censorship in Viennese Adaptation of Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, 1798-1804. Interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung LiTheS. Graz, Austria

Nedbal, M. . (11/04/2016 - 11/04/2016). Building the National Opera Museum: Mozart in Nineteenth-Century Prague. Mozart Society of America’s 20th Anniversary Study Session, Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Vancouver, BC

Nedbal, M. . (08/07/2016 - 08/07/2016). Mozart and Da Ponte for Czechs and Germans: Così fan tutte in Prague, 1791-1831. Mozart Society of America’s Panel Session at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Lincoln Center, New York City

Nedbal, M. . (05/20/2016 - 05/20/2016). Censoring the Harem: ‘Handkerchief’ Moments in Eighteenth-Century Viennese Operas. Das Serail (1778) by Joseph Friebert in Historical, Socio-Political, and Cultural Context(s). Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

Selected Grants

Nedbal, Martin , OIP 2018 International Travel Fund for Humanities Research, (05/15/2018 - 08/15/2018). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Nedbal, Martin , (Principal), Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists, 2018(57378441), 91690688, German Academic Exchange Service, (07/01/2018 - 07/31/2018). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

Nedbal, Martin , American Archival Materials on the Reception of Mozart's Operas in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Prague, Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, $5,575, Submitted 03/22/2017 (09/01/2017 - 08/31/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

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