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Dr Francesca Vella


College Research Associate
Specialisation19th-century opera
Research interestsMy research focuses on various aspects of nineteenth-century operatic culture: opera’s relationship with political and urban developments (particularly in Italy); transnational and global networks of opera production and critical discourse; and the place of singers and voice in celebrity culture. I am particularly interested in the operas and political myth of Giuseppe Verdi, and I’m currently writing a book that looks at political and cultural dimensions of opera in northern Italy between the 1850s and the early 1870s. Further research interests include music and technology and sound studies.