Chair: Stefano Castelvecchi (St John’s College, Cambridge)


Stefano Castelvecchi works at the University of Cambridge, where he is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Music, and a Fellow of St John’s College. He is the General Editor of the series Works of Gioachino Rossini – a critical edition published by Bärenreiter – and the Director of the Center for Italian Opera Studies at the University of Chicago.

He is the author of the book Sentimental Opera: Questions of Genre in the Age of Bourgeois Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and the editor and co-translator of Abramo Basevi’s The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi of 1859 (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He has published critical editions of works by Rossini and Verdi, and a number of articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opera.


Scholarly Advisor: Marco Beghelli (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna)


Marco Beghelli, musicologist and music critic, is Associate Professor of Musical Dramaturgy and Musical Philology at the University of Bologna. His research interests lie in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Italian opera and singing, with a concentration on vocal styles and performance practice.

His publications about Rossini include ‘The dramaturgy of the operas’, in The Cambridge Companion to Rossini (ed. E. Senici, Cambridge University Press 2004), Tutti i libretti di Rossini (Garzanti 1991), the monographs on the literary sources of Sigismondo and L’equivoco stravagante (Fondazione Rossini 2012 and 2014), and the critical editions of the cantata Omaggio umiliato a Sua Maestà and the opera L’equivoco stravagante (Fondazione Rossini 1998 and 2015).

In the Department of Arts of his University he has set up the Archivio del Canto (Singing Archives).


Administration: Sophie Kirk (St John’s College, Cambridge)

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Administration: Trish Lawlis (Center for Italian Opera Studies, University of Chicago)

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