Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution


ACLS Fellowship Program


Liberal Studies


This project documents, through newly discovered evidence, the craze for North American subjects in Italian opera during the years of the American Revolution. The located, collected, and examined operatic sources display an unprecedented configuration of social and gender roles, which led important composers, such as Piccinni, Paisiello, Haydn, and Mozart, to introduce far-reaching innovations in the musical and dramatic fabric of Italian comic opera.