Martin Nedbal

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


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. He is also the author of "The Published Theoretical Works of Leoš Janáček" (Editio Janáček, 2020).

Nedbal has published widely on the subjects of morality, censorship, and constructions of national identity in the operas of Mozart and Beethoven. 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. He has also contributed to the Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia.

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, Music and Politics, and Hudební věda.

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.

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.M., Clarinet Performance, Syracuse University
B.A., German and Russian Studies, Hamilton College

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Nedbal, Martin, and Carolyn Watson. 2020. “A Reimagined Beethoven Cycle.” Journal Articles. Music and Practice 8.
Nedbal, Martin. 2020. “Smetana’s The Brandenburgers in Bohemia and Czech Nationalism: A Historical Re-Evaluation .” Journal Articles. Music & Politics 14 (1).
Nedbal, Martin. 2020. The Published Theoretical Works of Leoš Janáček . Books. Brno, Czech Republic : Editio Janáček.
Nedbal, Martin. 2019. “Music History and Ethnicity from Prague to Indiana: Paul Nettl, Eighteenth-Century Bohemia, and Germanness .” Journal Articles. Hudební Věda (Musicology) 56 (4): 386–416.
Nedbal , Martin. 2019. “A Previously Overlooked Manuscript of La Clemenza Di Tito in Strakonice and the Opera’s Early Reception in Bohemia .” Journal Articles. Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America 23 (2): 5–10.
Nedbal, Martin, Dexter Edge, and David Black. 2019. “Mozart Leads a Rehearsal of Die Hochzeit Des Figaro in Mannheim. .” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Mozart: New Documents.
Nedbal, Martin, Dexter Edge, and David Black. 2019. “Mozart Performs at a Concert in Mainz (20 Oct 1790).” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Mozart: New Documents.
Nedbal, Martin, and Dexter Edge . 2019. “The Premiere of Die Hochzeit Des Figaro in Mannheim (Addendum) (24 Oct 1790).” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.). Mozart: New Documents .
Nedbal, Martin. 2018. “Rectifying the Rectified: Beethoven, Die Schöne Schusterin, and  Viennese Roots of Fidelio’s Morality .” Journal Articles. Ars Lyrica 25 (2016).
Nedbal, Martin. 2018. “Mozart and Da Ponte’s Operas as Singspiele at the Vienna Court Theater in the Early Nineteenth Century.” Journal Articles. Zeitschrift Für Literatur- Und Theater-Soziologie 11 (15).
Nedbal, Martin. 2018. “Mozart’s ‘Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni,’ Operatic Canon, and National Politics in Nineteenth-Century Prague.” Journal Articles. 19th-Century Music 41 (3).
Nedbal , Martin. 2017. “Domenico Guardasoni’s Prague Conducting Score of Così Fan Tutte.” Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.). Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America. Mozart Society of America.
Nedbal, Martin. 2017. “Prague’s Estates Theater, Mozart, and Bohemian Patriotism.” Other. Mozart Society of America .
Nedbal, M. 2017. Morality and  Viennese Opera in in the Age of Mozart and Beethoven. Books. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press.
Nedbal, Martin. 2016. “František Šír’s First Czech Translation of Mozart’s Final Opera Buffa and the Reception of Così Fan Tutte in Prague 1791-1831.” Journal Articles. Divadelní Revue  (Czech Theater Review) 27 (2): 53–70.
Nedbal, M. 2016. Preaching (German) Morals in Vienna: The Case of Mozart and Umlauf. Conference Proceedings. 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. 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 Articles. Journal of Musicological Research 34 (4).
Nedbal, M. 2015. “Sex, Politics, and Censorship in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’/"Don  Juan".” Book Chapters. In The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship, edited by Patricia Hall. New York: Oxford University Press.
Nedbal, M. 2012. “How Moral Is ‘Fidelio’?: Didacticism in the Finales of Beethoven’s Leonore Operas.” Journal Articles. 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.” Journal Articles. The Opera Quarterly 28/1-2: 20–36.
Nedbal, M. 2009. “Mozart as a Viennese Moralist: ‘Die Zauberflöte’ and Its Maxims.” Journal Articles. Acta Musicologica 81/1: 123–58.
Nedbal, M. 2007. “Dvorak’s ‘Armida’ and the Czech Oriental ’Self ’.” Journal Articles. 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. (9/16/2017). 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. (7/7/2017). 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. (6/20/2017). 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. (5/27/2017). 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. (11/4/2016 - 11/4/2016). 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. (8/7/2016 - 8/7/2016). 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. (5/20/2016 - 5/20/2016). 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

American Archival Materials on the Reception of Mozart's Operas in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Prague. Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. $5575.00. Submitted 3/22/2017 (9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
OIP 2018 International Travel Fund for Humanities Research. (5/15/2018 - 8/15/2018). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists, 2018
(57378441). 91690688. German Academic Exchange Service. (7/1/2018 - 7/31/2018). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded

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