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Francesco Milella

Francesco Milella

PhD Student


Francesco completed is BA in Modern Literature at the University of Milan and his MA in Politics of Culture at the University of Maastrich. He obtained a second MA in Musicology at the Univeristy of Milan under the supervision of Emilio Sala with a thesis on the reception of the operas of Rossini in early republican Mexico. 

His musicological research looks at the musical exchanges and connections between Europe and Mexico during the long eighteenth century within the social and cultural transitions from the colony to the independence (1790 - 1840). His current doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Walton, explores the role played by the European operatic cultures in post-independent Mexico through activity of the Spanish tenor and composer Manuel García (1826 – 1829).

Alongside his academic activities, Francesco also works as a music critic and advisor with musical magazines and newspapers and institutions (Música en México, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Accademia Chigiana of Siena, National Museum of Art of Mexico City and the National Broadcasting System of Mexico).

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