Gossett, Philip

Philip Gossett; Photo by Dan Dry

Philip Gossett; Photo by Dan Dry

This year Philip Gossett was awarded the “Serena Medal” of the British Academy for contributions to Italian studies. He was also elected as a “corresponding fellow” to the Academy (joining his colleague Philip Bohlman).

New editions have been published under Gossett’s direction. After performances at the Parma Verdi Festival in October, Alberto Rizzuti’s Giovanna d’Arco by Verdi was published in The Works of Giuseppe Verdi. Patricia Brauner’s Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini has now appeared in print in Works of Gioachino Rossini after important performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Caramoor Festival in New York, and opera houses around Germany. The work will be used at Covent Garden. Many other works by both Rossini and Verdi are in preparation, including Gossett’s own edition of La forza del destino, scheduled for 2010 publication.

Gossett’s older son, David, was married in April to a wonderful woman, an economist with the World Bank. Gossett and his wife, Suzanne, are very happy for them.

Gossett continues to teach in Chicago and Rome, to write, to lecture, and to advise opera companies, including La Scala, for which he prepared ornamentation for Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. He gave the keynote address, entitled “Celebrating Italy through a Messa da Requiem”), for a conference at the University of Denver. Gossett gave other presentations in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Florence, Milan, Rome, and Parma.

The Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Packard Institute for the Humanities, as well as independent donors support his research. And, of course, The University of Chicago makes it all possible.

One of Gossett’s students, Jane Jaffee, received her Ph.D. for a dissertation on Brahms’ teacher, Eduard Marxsen. After hearing of Gossett’s official “retirement” in August 2010, several other students have returned to complete their work.  Gossett intends to remain active in the Department and at the University after his retirement.

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