The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD includes 11 lives performances, shown locally at Sycamore Cinema in Iowa City. Pre-show talks sponsored by the Opera Studies Forum take place on the UI campus to prepare audiences for the live screenings. For more information, visit the OSF Events page.


Institute for Italian Opera Studies

The Opera Studies Forum (OSF) now includes the Institute for Italian Opera Studies (IIOS), a branch of the University of Chicago’s Center for Italian Opera Studies (CIAO). Established at The University of Iowa in 2006 under the directorship of Roberta Montemorra Marvin, and housed at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (through spring 2009), the IIOS has been welcomed into International Programs, where it is a subsidiary of the OSF.

The primary activity of Iowa’s IIOS is to provide research and editorial support for the critical edition of the works of Giuseppe Verdi, similar to the ways in which Chicago’s CIAO serves as the home of work on the critical edition of Gioachino Rossini’s music and other projects in nineteenth-century Italian opera.

Through its research and publication projects, the IIOS provides IP with a unique artistic linkage that involves scholars, performers, and publishers in the U.S. and Europe. Marvin, director of the OSF and an associate professor in International Studies, currently serves as Associate General Editor for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi; Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, is director of the CIAO and General Editor of the edition. The publications and the CIAO have received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The IIOS is also responsible for publication of the premiere journal for Verdi studies in the United States, Verdi Forum, which is issued by the American Institute for Verdi Studies at New York University.