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Eric Boaro

Postgraduate researcher in Opera, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I studied Musicology at the State University in Milan, where I earned a MA in 2015 (Highest Honours) . I also graduated in Piano at the Conservatory "G. Puccini" in Gallarate (Honours). Since 2017 I am a fully funded M3C PhD student at the University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

My main research interest is the Neapolitan music of the early eighteenth century. I am particularly interested in the intermezzos during the first half of the century in Naples and their circulation throughout Europe. I've been curating (both philologically and graphically as an editor) critical editions of works of that period since 2014.

Research Summary

My work aims to develop a thorough research body on intermezzos and to use some of their cues as a starting point for some reasoning on eighteenth-century Neapolitan society and their links with our… read more

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My work aims to develop a thorough research body on intermezzos and to use some of their cues as a starting point for some reasoning on eighteenth-century Neapolitan society and their links with our times in a perspective of possible revivals. I will take into account the 1707-1735 time span, the period during which the Habsburg ruled over Naples, since during these decades their features and forms gradually settled. In addition to this, since intermezzos are by nature small operatic pièces, their plots are much easier to follow than their opera seria counterparts. Furthermore, modern audiences can enjoy intermezzos because some of the issues they deal with are still topical. Moreover, the staging of an intermezzo requires only two singers and a limited instrumental ensemble, whereas an opera seria needs a large orchestra and a cast of virtuosi. Intermezzos are thus very suitable for the stages of our times.

The main objective of my research is to investigate the relationship between literary and musical texts of intermezzos with this approach: I will not deal separately with every single intermezzo by every author, but with intermezzos as a homogeneous whole instead. A further objective of my work is to complete and amend the already existing academic literature, which is often outdated and sometimes misleading. It is striking that with so much musicology published on eighteenth-century Italian opera, very little attention has been devoted to intermezzos. My research is thus a unique opportunity to fix a substantial lacuna. Part of the thesis will consist in curating a critical edition of one of these works, to offer a new operatic pièce to the audiences, performers, theatres (and academics as well) of today.

Past Research

  • Bach
  • Haendel
  • The rediscover of 'ancient' music after WW II
  • Piano practice and solo performance
  • Piano accompanist
  • Chamber music (as a pianist)

Future Research

  • Vivaldian philology
  • The early piano concerto
  • The touring companies in the eighteenth century

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The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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