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After graduating in Modern Literature from the State University of Milan, I moved to The Netherlands to obtain a Master Degree in Cultural Policies at Maastricht University. Back to Milan, I started a two-year Master in Musicology, while working as a Content Manager at the Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra of Milan. During those years, I focused my research on the musical exchanges between Europe and Latin America from the Baroque period onwards.  From this global perspective, I approached Italian opera (the late bel canto season: Paisiello, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti) and its cultural, social and political role within the relationships that arose between Europe and Latin America at the dawn of the nineteenth century.

My current Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Walton, develops these themes by investigating the agency of Manuel García (1775 – 1832), one of the most famous musicians of his period, who worked in Mexico City both as a composer and as a performer. Through an analysis of relevant sources and written documents as well as of musical scores and manuscripts, this project argues for García’s journey as an ideal case study of how European operatic tradition could become an agent of cultural globalization. 


Other academic interests

  • Musicology

  • Italian Opera Studies

  • Transnational and global history

  • Latin American Studies

Department: Music
Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Walton
College: Jesus College
AHRC subject area: Music
Title of thesis: Manuel García and the globalization of opera. Translation and reception of operatic models in Mexico City at the beginning of the nineteenth century
 Francesco  Milella