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Patricia Alessi

Patricia Alessi is a PhD candidate (under examination) at The University of Western Australia. Her current research is on historically-informed emotive performance practices of early English operatic repertoire for female interpreters.

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patricia.alessi@research.uwa.edu.au

Research

Expressing the Emotions of Opera's First Bitches, Witches and Women in Britches'

Publications

Alessi, P. (2014) ‘Dost thou know thy tongue’s true tune? Discovering early operatic repertoire for the modern mezzo-soprano’ in Smith, James and Seiler, Deborah, Guest Eds., Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies 19(3): Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations (Special Issue). Published March 2014.

Alessi, P. (2012) ‘Grief and Joy?  Yes, please!’: Critic’s Review of ‘Grief and Joy’: Emotions in the Music  of the 18th Century, performed by Perth Baroque and directed by Georg Corall, on Thursday 27 September 2012 at 7.30pm in The UWA School of Music’s Callaway Auditorium, published on The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 website.

Alessi, P. (2013) 2012 Conference Report (II) in Phillips, John A., Newsletter of the Musicological Society of Australia – No. 74 (December 2012 – June 2013), The Musicological Society of Australia. Published June 2013.

Research Grants

2014 – Present The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) [DAAD] Research Grant for Doctoral Candidate. To be used specifically to undertake both practical and archival research for my current PhD thesis: ‘Understanding Early English Opera Character-Type for the Female Singer’: A Study in the History of Emotional Expression in Vocal and Operatic Performance, 1660-1750 at Die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, Germany.

2013 – Present  The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Top-Up Research Scholarship: To be used specifically for the research of Alessi's  PhD thesis: ‘Understanding Early English Opera Character-Type for the Female Singer’: A Study in the History of Emotional Expression in Opera Performance, 1660-1750.

2008 The Mildred Brown Mayo Undergraduate Research Grant in Music
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for “Vocal Health: The Healthy Singer,” which explored singing and vocal health.