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Francesco Milella

Francesco Milella

PhD Student


Francesco studied Modern Literature (B.A.) and Musicology (M.A., supervision of Emilio Sala) in Italy and Politics of Culture in The Netherlands (M.A.). His research analyses the musical exchanges and connections between Europe and Mexico during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a focus on Italia opera, its production, and reception. 

His current doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Walton, studies the role that European operatic cultures played in Early National Mexico through the 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 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, transnational history

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)