The Musicologist

Alessio Olivieri is PhD candidate in musicology at the University of California - Riverside,  under the guidance of Dr. Walter Clark. 

His research focuses on the Spanish Musical Theatre between 19th and 20th century, and its relationship with the Italian opera, as well as on the Italian Verismo opera.

Alessio is recipient of the following awards/grants:

  • Dissertation Research Grant, University of California, Riverside, 2020-21 

  • Manolito Pinazo Memorial Award, University of California, Riverside, 2019 

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Riverside, 2018-19 

  • University Teaching Certificate, University of California, Riverside, 2019 

  • Gluck Fellowship for the Arts, University of California, Riverside, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20.

  • Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2016-19

    Visit Alessio's page on Researchgate

  • Olivieri, Alessio. “Le romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci: edizioni e autografi.” In Intellettuali di capitanata: la famiglia Bellucci: atti del Convegno di studi, Foggia, 10-11 dicembre 2014, edited by Antonio Caroccia, 143–61. Foggia: Claudio Grenzi editore, 2015.

  • Olivieri, Alessio. Le Romanze Da Salotto Di Michele Bellucci:Le Edizioni a Stampa e i Manoscritti Autografi. Borgoricco PD (Italy): Tipografie Grafiche Gemma, 2010.

  • Olivieri, Alessio. “Musica e Terapia, Tra Magia e Razionalità. Breve Excursus Delle Applicazioni Terapiche Del Suono Nel Corso Dei Secoli.” Risveglio Musicale, 2010.

  • Review: Magnus Andersson’s guitar concert at “La Fenice” theater of Venice Magazine “Chitarre” - 2008 n. 263 



  • Paper presenter, “The Confluence of Spanish, German, and Italian Elements in the Genesis of the Spanish National Opera Around 1900. The Case of Tomás Bretón.” 7th Annual GAMuT Graduate Students Conference. University of North Texas, Denton, Feb 1, 2020

  • Paper presenter, “Towards a Spanish Verismo Opera: Tomás Bretón’s La Dolores and the Discourse on Ópera Española around 1900.” (Paper finalist at the 2019 Ingolf Dahl Award competition) 2019 Joint Conference of the Pacific-Southwest and Northern California chapters of the American Musicological Society. University of California, Riverside, April 28, 2019.

  • Paper presenter, “Tenebrism: Manuel de Falla, and the Guitar of Noche Oscura.” Symposium: Spain and the Construction of Music Exoticism. Melbourne VIC, Australia, Nov 30-Dec 1 2018

  • Paper presenter, “Le Romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci: edizioni e autografi.” Symposium: “Intellettuali di Capitanata: la famiglia Bellucci,” Società Italiana di Musicologia, Foggia, Italy, December 10-11, 2014

  • Presentation, “Bande Musicali e Musicoterapia” (Musical Bands and Music Therapy). National Congress of ANBIMA – Roma, Italy, September 10, 2010

  • Presentation, “Introduzione alla Musicoterapia” (Introduction to Music Therapy). Lions International, Manfredonia FG, Italy, December 11, 2010

Research Thesis
  • Il Tenebrismo. La chitarra della noche oscura da Manuel de Falla ad Angelo Gilardino [Tenebrism. The guitar of the noche oscura from Manuel de Falla to Angelo Gilardino], Cesare Pollini Conservatory. Padova, Italy, 2008.
     Thesis reviewed on the Italian magazine Suonare News


  • Il Manoscritto n.223 della Biblioteca dell Accademia FIlarmonica di Verona [The  manuscript n.223 from Library of the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona], Cesare Pollini Conservatory, Padova, Italy, 2004


Other Research
  • The Cesare Pollini fund, “Congress of Italian Musicology Society”, Team Researcher, Conservatorio “C. Pollini” of Padova. Padova, Italy, 2003


New perspectives on the contemporary repertoire for guitar. Tenebrism: the guitar of the noche oscura from Manuel de Falla to Angelo Gilardino.


     With the composition, in 1920, of the Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla indicated a new path for the modern guitar. Deeply inspired by the dark essence of the Andalusian traditional cante jondo, de Falla established an innovative compositional current -antithetical to the classical entertaining guitar of the 19th century-  based on a new poetic: the guitar is an instrument with duende, and its deep essence is its being an instrument of the night, the night of the soul.

     In the following decades, few composers dedicated music to the guitar with this perspective. From the non-guitarists, such as Ohana, Britten, Petrassi, Martin, to the guitarist-composers, like Dodgson, Bogdanovich and, most of all, Angelo Gilardino, the world renowned guitarist-composer who dedicated his whole production to this new poetic, that he labeled "tenebrism". This research is as journey from the cante jondo by Manuel de Falla to the so-called poetic of the shadow by Angelo Gilardino.


Le romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci. Le edizioni a stampa e i manoscritti autografi

 'He brought life back to a microcosm of music that is not only pride of Manfredonia, but also of the whole Apulia. I hope Alessio Olivieri's work will set an an example for other scholars .' (Francesco Sanvitale)

Bellucci was one of the most illustrious citizens in the history of the city of Manfredonia. He was a composer, historian, and lawyer originally from Troy (Apulia - Italy), but born in Manfredonia, and he  worked in severaly locations in southern Italy, leaving many musical compositions, most of which are still unpublished.


The book is configured as a monography that, deepening analyzing and rewriting the biographical sketch of Bellucci as a composer -  specifically through the analysis of manuscripts and printed editions of twelve romances (art songs) for voice and piano - contextualizes the author and his production in the complex landscape of nineteenth-century art song. 

The book includes a CD featuring seven romances, performed by soprano Elisa Ramon and pianist David Osellame, representing the world premiere recording of compositions by Bellucci. 

The publication of the book is part of a much larger project promoted by the 'Associazione Culturale Musicale "F. Chopin' of Manfredonia, aiming to disclose the local musical heritage, trying to make it accessible to everybody, and to make it known outside the regional area. 

The book is available for free (upon availability) and is available for consultation in the major conservatories, academies and musical institutions in Italy.

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