Roberto Calabretto is Associate Professor at the DAMS (Arts, Music and Entertainment Studies Department) of the University of Udine, where he teaches musicology. (He also teaches at the University of Padua.)
He is a member of the Board of Faculty for Research Doctorates in Audiovisual Studies: cinema, music and communications, and the Director of the Master’s in Film Music Composition. He is part of the scientific committee for the Quaderni di Mirage publications, and of the research group on Musical Historiography and Film Music of the Levi Foundation of Venice. He was co-ordinator of the Restoration of Soundtracks project in partnership with the Bologna Film Archive, and headed the local office of the Socrates Grundtvig Programme.
His work focuses on twentieth century Italian music and examines the issues connected with the role of music in audio-visual language, particularly in cinema. He has published monographs on Robert Schumann, Alfredo Casella and Nino Rota, on music in the poetry of Andrea Zanzotto and in the cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrei Tarkovsky, Luchino Visconti, Alain Resnais and other directors. He has recently edited The Sonorous Screen: Music for Films.