Pierpaolo Polzonetti F'08

Pierpaolo  Polzonetti
Assistant Professor
Program of Liberal Studies
University of Notre Dame

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies
University of Notre Dame
Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution

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.