Shakespeare on the nineteenth-century Italian stage

Starting date
January 1, 2015
Duration (months)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Calvi Lisanna

The project focuses on the Italian stage reception of Shakespeare in Italy in the nineteenth century. Fashionable as they might have been as opera subjects, Shakespeare’s dramas did not prove successful on the stage until the 1850s when the ‘great actors’, that is, the generation of Italian actor-managers who dominated the national stage in the second half of the nineteenth century, made of Shakespearean roles their pièces de résistance. Adelaide Ristori, Tommaso Salvini, Ernesto Rossi, and, towards the end of the century, also Giovanni Emanuel and Eleonora Duse, successfully built their careers on the Bard’s plays which were often severely cut and ‘tailored’ to the taste and skills of the actors. The research will especially concentrate on the Shakespearean productions mounted by Ernesto Rossi (1827-1896).

Importo previsto relativo alle missioni:
FUR Calvi € 2.500


Funds: assigned and managed by the department

Project participants

Lisanna Calvi
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Title Authors Year
"Shakespeare in 19th-century Italy : Ernesto Rossi’s Romeo and Juliet." Calvi, Lisanna 2014


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