The relationship between declamation, rhetoric and musical performance before 1900 is at the core of my research. This is approached through the study of sources related to acting and preaching from the long 18th century. Research is further put into practice in theatrical scenes, by striving for a poetic and 'pathetic' declamation. From practical declamatory experience this practice can then be transferred to musical contexts by working with singers and instrumentalists on Early Music repertoire. I have also worked extensively on the Dutch Early Music revival of the 20th century.
Jed Wentz received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied contemporary and historical flutes. He received his Master degree from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and his doctorate from Leiden University, under supervision of Rebecca Harris-Warrick (Cornell University). His doctoral thesis 'Gesture, Affect and Rhythmic Freedom in the Performance of French Tragic Opera from Lully to Rameau' explores how historical acting techniques can influence the sound of French operatic music in performance. He has recorded more than 40 CDs with various Early Music ensembles including his own (Music ad Rhenum), has conducted staged opera performances and published in journals like Early Music, Cambridge Opera Journal and European Drama and Performance Studies. He is artistic advisor to the Utrecht Early Music Festival.