Dr Alessandra Palidda

Department of Music

Teaching associate in musicology


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Dr Alessandra Palidda
Department of Music
Jessop Building
Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Dr Alessandra Palidda is currently working as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches the module in Opera and Identity. Alessandra trained as a singer at the Conservatoire "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan, and as a musicologist specializing in organology, social history of music, and music and material culture at the University of Milan.

She earned her PhD from Cardiff University, where she worked with Prof David Wyn Jones and Prof Clair Rowden on music, society and politics in Northern Italy between the end of the Habsburg rule and the Napoleonic republics. Since the completion of her doctoral project, she has been working on music iconography, music and the print market and music and transnationalism. 

Alessandra has worked as Associate Lecturer in Music and Italian Studies at Cardiff University in the departments of Music and Modern Languages, and at the Welsh International academy of Voice (WIAV). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Music and Research administrator at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches modules in social history of music, opera studies, research methodology and music journalism. She is also an active musician, having been a member of La Scala's children choir, the Verdi Symphony Choir of Milan and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. 

Research interests

My current research projects focus on the one hand on music, courtly culture and transnationalism in the second half of the eighteenth century, on the other hand on operetta, intermediality and print culture at the turn of the twentieth century. I am very passionate about fieldwork and archival research, and in pursuing international collaborations.

Currently teaching on Opera and Identity and supervising MA dissertations on opera and musical-theatre studies.