David Dolata

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Il Furioso

The Bulletin de la Société Française de Luth has referred to FIU Associate Professor of Musicology David Dolata as a "gentleman de la Renaissance" for his activities as a scholar and performer.  A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Dolata earned his Ph.D. in Musicology with a concentration in Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied musicology and performance practice with John Suess and Ross Duffin and lute with Paul O’Dette.  His undergraduate and masters degrees in Classical Guitar Performance are from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied under Clare Callahan.  He also earned a B.A. in Social Sciences from Niagara University. From 2007–09 Dr. Dolata served as Assistant Director and then Director of the FIU School of Music.

Dr. Dolata's critical edition of Italian theorbo virtuoso Bellerofonte Castaldi's “Capricci a due stromenti” appears as Vol. Nos. 142 & 143 in Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era (Review), and his work on Castaldi is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His most recent work on Castaldi, “Bellerofonte Castaldi (1580-1649) of Modena: Musician, Poet, and Adventurer,” appears in the Fall 2007 issue of Acta Musiologica, the Journal of the International Musicogical Society.  Dr. Dolata's "Visual and Poetic Allegory in Bellerofonte Castaldi's Extraordinary Capricci a due stromenti" is the lead article in the August 2005 issue of Early Music.  His book Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. His work includes several book and recording reviews for Notes and Early Music America.  Dr. Dolata has presented papers at such venues as the Medieval/Renaissance Conference 2005 in Tours, France and the "Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? Dedicating Latin Works and Motets in the Sixteenth Century: Theory and Practice" conference in Rome, Italy. Dr. Dolata has served as visting research professor at the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours - CNRS and continues his association with CESR, working with John Griffiths as editor and writer for the forthcoming tablature encylopediea. David Dolata is also affiliated with Boston University's Center for Early Music Studies where he regularly presents his work as well as at BU's Editorial Institute.

As a continuo lutenist David Dolata has appeared at such venues as the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, the Boston Early Music Festival, Spoleto Festival’s Early Music Series, and on recordings for NPR, BBC, CBS Sunday Morning, and Ars Femina.  Dr. Dolata's most recent recording was of Kapsberger's 1623 Book of Arias for Toccata Classics as a member of Il Furioso with fellow lutenist Victor Coelho, soprano Janet Youngdahl, and Italian tenor Gian Paolo Fagotto.  Other recordings in 2005 and 2006 include Praetorius' “Christmas Vespers” with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra for Koch International, and Battaglia d'amore: the Music of Bellerofonte Castaldi on Toccata Classics. Earlier recordings include Cavalli's La Calisto for BBC Music (Vol 5, No 3).

David, Mikaho, and Edder