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The William Holmes / Frank D'Accone Endowment Grant Winners

The William Holmes / Frank D'Accone Endowment for travel and research in the history of opera was established in 2011 in honor of two music historians of the early modern period with long and distinguished careers at the University of California. See the award guidelines for full details.



Siel Agugliaro (University of Pennsylvania) for “Imagining Italy, Surviving America: Opera, Italian Immigrants, and Identity in Philadelphia, 1880–1920”

Christopher Lynch (Duquesne University) for Manhattan Meets Mozart: Mozart’s Operas, Broadway, and the Invention of the Operatic Museum, 1940–51

Brooke McCorkle (SUNY Geneseo) for Searching for Wagner in Japan


Paul Abdullah (Case Western Reserve University) for “Singing Shakespeare on the Continent: Aesthetics, Politics, and Cultural Transfer in Romantic Opera”

Megan Steigerwald (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) for “Bringing Down the House: Situating and Mediating Opera in the Twenty-First Century”


Anna Parkitna (Stony Brook University) for “Opera in Warsaw, 1765-1830: Operatic Migration, Adaptation, and Reception in the Enlightenment”

Carlo Lanfossi (University of Pennsylvania) for “Handel as Arranger and Producer: Listening to Pasticci in Eighteenth-Century London.”


John Romey (Case Western Reserve University) for “From the Street to the Stage: Popular Song and the Construction of Parisian Spectacle, 1648-1713.”


Mia Tootill (Cornell University) for "From the Underworld to the Opéra: Representations of the Devil on the Parisian Musical Stage, 1827-69."


Martin Nedbal (University of Arkansas) for "Early Singspiel Adaptations of Mozart’s Da Ponte Operas at the Viennese Court-Theater (1798–1819)."


Thomas Lin (Harvard University) for "Giasone’s Travels: Opera and its Performance in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century."