Philip Gossett

Appointments:

Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College

Education:

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1970

Contact:

Office: Wieboldt 402
Phone: (773) 955-3738
Email: phgs@uchicago.edu

Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Emeritus Professor of Music, is a music historian with special interests in 19th-century Italian opera, sketch studies, aesthetics, textual criticism, and performance practice. He is author of two books on Donizetti and of Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera (2006, Chicago), which won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society as the best book on music of the year. He serves as General Editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi (The University of Chicago Press and Casa Ricordi of Milan) and of Works of Gioachino Rossini (Baerenreiter-Verlag, Kassel). One of the world's foremost experts on Italian opera, Gossett is the first musicologist to be awarded the Mellon Distingushed Achievement Award; he also holds the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, the Italian government's highest civilian honor. Professor Gossett has served as President of the American Musicological Society and of the Society for Textual Scholarship, as Dean of Humanities at Chicago, and as lecturer and consultant at opera houses and festivals in America and Italy. He was the musicological consultant to the Verdi Festival in Parma during the Verdi centennial year (2001). At Chicago since 1968. Although he is Emeritus since September 2010, he intends actively to teach and advise students in the future.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Studies in Verdi's Middle Period (from Simon Bocanegra through La forza del destino). 2008.
  • Beethoven. 2009.
  • Shakespeare at the Opera. 2009.
  • The Theory and Practice of Musical Biography. 2010.
  • Opera. 2011.
  • The Vocal Music of Rossini. 2012.

Selected Works

Critical Editions

  • Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini, edited by Philip Gossett and Alberto Zedda, Series I, Vol. 23 of the Edizione critica delle opere di Gioachino Rossini (Pesaro, Fondazione Rossini, 2001). First performed at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, November 1990.
  • La gazzetta by Gioachino Rossini, edited by Philip Gossett and Fabrizio Scipioni, Series I, Vol. 18 of the Edizione critica delle opere di Gioachino Rossini (Pesaro, Fondazione Rossini, 2002). First performed at Garsington Opera (Oxford) and the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro) during the summer of 2001. He has edited for Casa Ricordi, which will publish it, the recently discovered Quintet from Act I of this opera. It was first performed by students at the New England Conservatory in the Spring 2013 and will have its European premiere with professional singers in Liège during the Spring of 2014.
  • Petite Messe solennelle by Gioachino Rossini, edited by Patricia B. Brauner and Philip Gossett, vol. 3 of Works of Gioachino Rossini (Kassel, Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2009). Winner of the Claude Palisca prize of the AMS in 2010 as the finest musical edition published the preceding year.
  • Critical edition of Verdi’s La forza del destino, to be published in The Works of Giuseppe Verdi (the 1869 version performed at San Francisco Opera in November, 2005; the 1862 version performed at the Stadttheater, Bern in April, 2006, together with my reconstructions of numbers from the 1861 version).

Books

  • Anna Bolena and the Maturity of Gaetano Donizetti (Oxford University Press, 1985).
  • Facsimile edition of the autograph manuscript of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with an introduction (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1993).
  • Facsimile edition of the autograph manuscript of Don Pasquale, with an introduction (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 2000).
  • Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera (Chicago, 2006). Winner of the Otto Kinkeldey prize of the American Musicological Society as the finest book on music published in 2006, as well as the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the Univeristy of Chicago Press of 2008 for the book that brought the most prestige to the Press.