Dr. Irene Brandenburg
Senior Scientist; Curator Derra de Moroda Dance Archives

University of Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal
Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, Room 2.111, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0) 662 8044 4672

Research Interests

  • Stage dances from 17th to 19th century (Theories, interplay of stage dancing and music theatre)
  • 18th century opera seria
  • History and theory of the art song from the 17th to 18th century
  • Castrati
  • Life, work, and reception of Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Publishing and music philology
  • 18th century Viennese ballet
  • dance and archive


Born 1966 in Mannheim, Germany, Irene Brandenburg studied musicology und Romance studies (Italian studies) at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg; her master’s thesis was on Francesco Ceccarelli: Life und Artistic Development of a Castratro from the Era of Mozart). From 1992 until 1993, she received a scholarship from the  Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rome, from 1995 until 1996 she worked for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe. In 1996 she graduated from the University of Salzburg with a dissertation on the castrato Giuseppe Millico. She has worked at the University of Salzburg in various capacities since 1990: first on the editorial staff of the Gluck-Gesamtausgabe (Salzurg), then in several research projects pertaining to 18th century stage dance. Currently she is curator of the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives and department head of musicology and dance studies at the University of Salzburg.

 Link to Derra de Moroda Dance Archives Homepage (currently under construction)


Times for Change: Transnational Migrations and Cultural Crossings in Nineteenth-Century Dance. Edited by Irene Brandenburg, Francesca Falcone, Claudia Jeschke and Bruno Ligore. (Forthcoming)

Die andere Stimme. Hohe Männerstimmen zwischen Gluck und Rock. Edited by Irene Brandenburg, Nils Grosch and Matthew Werley. Münster: Waxmann, 2022.

Gasparo Angiolini: Tanz-Schriften. Edited by Monica Bandella, Irene Brandenburg and Sibylle Dahms with contributions by  Daniel Brandenburg, Karin Fenböck and Cornelia Petersen-Laux. (In prepartion)

List of Publications

Courses Taught This Academic Year

VO Tanzgeschichte