Institute for Italian Opera Studies (Center for Italian American Opera Studies [CIAO], University of Chicago)

The Opera Studies Forum has sponsored the Institute for Italian Opera Studies (IIOS), a branch of the University of Chicago’s Center for Italian-American Opera Studies (CIAO), since 2006 and continuing through spring 2015. Under the directorship of Roberta Montemorra Marvin and with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (through Professor Philip Gossett at the University of Chicago), the IIOS was housed at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (2006 – spring 2009) and then at International Programs (spring 2009 – spring 2014). The primary activity of Iowa’s IIOS has been to provide research and editorial support for the critical edition of the works of Giuseppe Verdi, similar to the ways in which Chicago’s CIAO serves as the home of work on the critical edition of Gioachino Rossini’s music and other projects in nineteenth-century Italian opera. Through its research and publication projects, the IIOS provides an artistic linkage that involves scholars, performers, and publishers in the U.S. and Europe.