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Francesco Millella

Francesco Millella

PhD Student


Francesco studied Modern Literature (B.A.) and Musicology (M.A.) in Italy and Politics of Culture in The Netherlands (M.A.) focusing his research on the musical exchanges and connections between Europe and Mexico between the eighteenth and nineteenth century. His final thesis supervised by Emilio Sala examined Italian operatic cultures of the late bel canto period and the social and political role they played in Latin America at the dawn of the nineteenth century with a focus on the reception of Gioachino Rossini in post-colonial Mexico (1823 – 1838). His current doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Walton, analyses the musical dialogues and exchanges between Early National Mexico and the European operatic cultures through the international agency of the Spanish tenor and composer Manuel García (1826 – 1829).

Francesco also works as a music critic and advisor for musical magazines and newspapers (MúsicaenMexico, El Informador, Cultweek) and institutions (Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Accademia Chigiana of Siena, National Museum of Art of Mexico City and the National Broadcasting System of Mexico – IMER).

His research is co-funded by the Cambridge Trust and by the AHRC DTP Studentship.


College: Jesus College

Research Interests

Opera Studies, Italian opera (1750 - 1848), XVIII and XIX century opera singers, Italian Studies, Latin-American Studies, global history vs eurocentrism, cultural borders. 

Key Publications

De papatachos avanza el coro: Gioachino Rossini e la satira nel Messico indipendente, Bollettino del Centro Rossiniano di Studi, 2019 (to be published)