Massimo Zicari, PhD., is Deputy Head of Research at the University of Music (Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana) in Lugano, where he also teaches music history since 2005. In 2009 he was visiting Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, for a project concerning the reception of Verdi’s Operas in London. His studies focus mainly on opera production and reception and his most recent publications in this domain include: Verdi in Victorian London. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016; “La prima recezione di Giuseppe Verdi a Londra: Henry Fothergill Chorley e l’Athenaeum” (Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft, 2011; “Critica musicale e opera italiana a Londra: George Bernard Shaw”, (Musica e Storia, 2011); “Nothing but the Commonest Tunes: The Early Reception of Verdi’s Operas in London, 1845-1848” (Dissonanz, 2011); The Land of Song, La terra del Belcanto sulla stampa londinese nel decennio 1890 - 1900 (Peter Lang, 2008). His research areas include also the historically informed performance practice of Italian opera such as acoustics and performance science (“’Ah! non credea mirarti’ nelle fonti discografiche di primo Novecento: Adelina Patti e Luisa Tetrazzini,” Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft, 34/35 (2014/2015), pp.193-222; “Expressive Tempo Modifications in Adelina Patti’s Recordings,” Empirical Musicology Review Vol. 12, n. 1-2 (2017)) and acoustics (Zicari, M., MacRitchie, J. et al. “Trumpet mouthpiece manufacturing and tone quality”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134 (5), November 2013, p. 3872–3886). He takes an interest also in the investigation of music pedagogy (MacRitchie, J., Zicari, M., & Blom, D. (2018). Identifying challenges and opportunities for student composer and performer peer learning through newly-composed classical piano scores. British Journal of Music Education, 1-23).
2001 - “Bakom” research project, in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Hungerbühler, Communication Science Faculty at Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), and Hubert Eiholzer, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana; the research explored the tendencies of the broadcasting policy at the three culture channels of Swiss Radio (Rete Due, DRS 2, Espace 2).
2001 - “Mastery through Imitation” research project in collaboration with Dr. Hubert Eiholzer, and Dr. Aaron Williamon and Dr. Tânia Lisboa, Royal College of Music, London; the project was funded by the Swiss National Fund. The results have been presented at the ESCOM Conference on Musical Creativity - Liège - 5-8 April 2002 and the 7th ICMPC - the world conference on music psychology and related disciplines - at the The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 17-21 July 2002, and published on Musicae Scientiae, Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music ESCOM (2005).
2002 -“Dizionario dei Musicisti della Svizzera Italiana”, a project, in collaboration with the Associazione Ricerche Musicali nella Svizzera Italiana, to produce an on-line dictionary with biographies of the most important musicians in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland of the past www.ricercamusica.ch.
January - December 2003: Cantata per la traslazione del sangue di San Gennaro by Paisiello, 1793. The project led to the first modern performance of this forgotten manuscript, recovered in the library of the Naples Conservatoire, and to the edition of the score, published for Ut-Orpheus, Bologna (Italy), 2005.
June 2003 - December 2004: “Il verismo e le strategie di mercato nella cultura europea a cavallo tra ‘800 e ‘900” (Verismo and the market oriented strategies in European Culture at the turn of the 19th century). The research, conducted in collaboration with Hubert Eiholzer, aimed at exploring the possible origins of the so-called mass art in veristic operatic theatre by means of Noël Carroll’s theory of mass art (1998).
2004 – “The reception of Italian operatic theatre in London at the end of 19th century”. Research project on the history of opera reception, criticism and management in London over the last decade of the 19th century.
2008 - Articulations and Mouthpiece morphology in Brass Instruments: Trumpet and Horn. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
2011 – “Shape the Sound: Trumpet mouthpiece manufacturing and tone quality”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
2012/2014 – Giuseppe Verdi in the London Press. A study on Opera reception
2015-2018 – Expressive tempo modification in early 20th Century’s recordings of vocal performances.
2018-2020 – Early 20th Century’s recordings: reconstructing Italian bel canto. https://early-recordings.com/programme/