The General Editor

Philip Gossett, General Editor of Works of Gioachino Rossini, is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and a professor “di chiara fama” at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He is also general editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi. Among the critical editions he has prepared or is preparing himself partially in collaboration with others are Rossini’s Tancredi and Semiramide, and Verdi’s La forza del destino. His Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2006; an Italian translation is in preparation. He has worked closely with singers and opera companies around the world. He was the first musicologist to be granted a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2004). In 1998 the President of Italy personally decorated him as Cavaliere di Gran Croce for his services to Italian culture.