The University of Iowa

Verdi and Italian Unification the Topic of April 21 Talk

April 12th, 2011

Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

Political symbolism within Verdi ‘s operas has been hotly debated for decades. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification, Gossett’s talk investigates Verdi’s operas (and Austrian censorship of them), Verdi during the 1848 revolution, and Verdi as a member of the first Italian parliament.

Gossett, Emeritus Professor of Music and former Dean of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, is a music historian with special interests in 19th-century Italian opera. He is the first musicologist to receive the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award; he also holds the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, the Italian government’s highest civilian honor.

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