Dr Alessandra Palidda


Senior Lecturer in Music

School of Arts


I have been regularly co-teaching Music in Society since 2019. I also coordinate the UG module in music journalism.

I also teach MA modules in Research Skills and applied Research and Advanced Musicology (opera strand), and coordinate partially taught or co-taught modules such as Professional Experience and Dissertation/Final Project.

Finally, I am Subject Coordinator for the MA Music and academic advisor for its whole student cohort. 

Areas of expertise

  • Opera studies
  • Music and nationalism
  • Music and propaganda/celebration
  • Music and patriotism
  • Music and transnationalism
  • Napoleon and music

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University

  • U66027 Opera and Politics
  • U66022 History, Music and Ideas
  • Thesis supervision for UG students in opera studies.
  • P66000 Research Skills and applied Research
  • P66011 Advanced Musicology II (opera strand)
  • P66009 Professional Experience
  • P66097 Dissertation/Final Project

Cardiff University, School of Music

  • Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
  • From Page to Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical Theatre
  • Opera from Handel to Weber

Welsh International Academy of Voice

  • Italian Language for Singers
  • History of the Vocal Repertoire from the Point of View of the Performer
  • Perspective supervisor for MA students in opera studies
  • Subject Coordinator for MA Music


  • UG and PG Dissertation/Final Project supervision


I work mainly in the field of opera studies and am particulalry interested in the construction of identity in music/musical theatre, especially regarding nationalism and patriotism in transnational contexts. I undertake research on music and propaganda, music and public celebration and history of opera in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Some of my major research projects include the reconstruction of the cultural and musical environment in Habsburg and Napoleonic Milan (1790-1802), music and celebration in early-eighteenth-century Lombardy under Spain and the Habsburgs and the relationship between opera, satire and politics in nineteenth-century Italy.

I am also active in the field of musical iconography, where I work on illustrated periodicals of the nineteenth century linked to the musical and theatrical sphere.

Research group membership

Research grants and awards

  • Cardiff University, School of Music PhD scholarship, 2013-2016
  • Cardiff University, School of Music research grant, 2013-2016
  • Cardiff University, Graduate Centre Prize for Best Paper, 2014
  • Music and Letters research grant, 2014
  • BSECS postgraduate travel grant, 2015
  • Galpin Society Postgraduate Bursary, 2015

Research projects


  • Jean-Baptiste DuBos and the Grimm's Lettre sur Omphale (2010)
  • Evan Gorga's musical instrument collection and the National Museum of Musical Instruments of Rome (2012-2015)


  • Don Basilio and his evolution from Beaumarchais to late-nineteenth-century Italy
  • Edoardo Sonzogno as impresario, cultural operator and publisher of illustrated periodicals
  • Music and political celebration in Spanish and Habsburg Milan, 1690s-1790s
  • Milan 1796-1802: music, society and politics in the city of two regimes.

Further information

Research impact

  • National and international conferences attended
  • Publications in books, journals and online resources
  • Pre-performance talks 
  • Vocal coaching for various musical and interdisciplinary events



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • RMA
  • AAIS
  • Galpin Society
  • University of South Wales Trinity st David


  • ‘Voice of Humanities’ interdisciplinary student conference, Cardiff, Hadyn Ellis building, 20 March 2014
  • OBERTO student conference, Oxford Brookes, 17 June 2014
  • ‘Music and War from Napoleon to WWII’, international conference, Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto, Lucca, 28-30 November 2014
  • BSECS 44th annual conference, St. Hughes’ College, Oxford, 6-8 January 2015
  • RMA annual researchers’ conference, University of Bristol, 8-10 January 2015
  • ‘Comunica, Coneuta, Coneix’, 8th International Study Day organized by the JAM (Joven Asociaciòn de Musicologìa), Madrid, Universitad Complutense, 15-17 April 2015
  • BSECS/SISSD Fifth Anglo-Italian Eighteenth Century Conference - King’s Manor, University of York, 2-3 September 2015
  • ‘Musical Instruments in Science and History’, conference organized by the Galpin Society and the Institute of Acoustics, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, 27-30 September 2015
  • ‘The European Salon – Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik’, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2-4 October 2015
  • ‘La nostra musica da chiesa è assai differente…’, international conference organized by Ghislierimusica and Centro Studi Pergolesi, Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia, 9-10 October 2015
  • ‘Visual Representations of Power and Repression in Music, Dance and the Dramatic Arts’, 15th Conference of Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), The Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio, 9-10 November 2015
  • 'Music and Power in the Baroque Era', international conference, Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto, Lucca, 11-13 November 2016
  • AAIS 2018 Annual Conference, Istituto Sant'Anna, Sorrento, 14-17 June 2018
  • 'I libretti italiani a Vienna nel Sei e Settecento', international conference, Institut für Romanistik, Vienna, 20-23 June 2019
  • RMA 2019 Annual Conference, Manchester, 11-13 September 2019

Further details

Enthusiastic musician and musicologist, I also like travelling and cycling very much.

I am also an avid language learner, currently studying German at C1 level and French at B2 level.

Other experience

  • Postgraduate Tutor, Cardiff University, School of Music, 2014-2017
  • Tutor in Italian, Cardiff University, School of Modern Languages, 2015-2018
  • Erasmus+ Liaison, Cardiff University, School of Music, 2015-2018
  • Associate Lecturer in Music, Cardiff University, School of Music, 2017-2018
  • Teacher, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, 2017-2018
  • Tutor and Vocal Coach, Welsh Academy of Voice (University of South Wales Trinity St David), 2018-current
  • Singer and recorder player.
  • Member of La Scala children choir, Coro Sinfonico 'Giuseppe Verdi' di Milano and BBC National Chorus of Wales.