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Italian Voices was a research project funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC Grant Agreement no. 269460. It was led by Professor Brian Richardson in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. The aim of the research programme (June 2011-November 2015) was to advance understanding of the use of speech and song in the textual culture of early modern Italy. The research team studied the relationship between the voice and written culture, both scribal and printed, with a focus on four areas: public and private entertainments, from the piazza to courts, private households and academies; religion, especially sermons; political oratory and poems about contemporary affairs; and linguistic variety within performance, especially of comedies.

In order to involve other researchers, to learn from them and to share our work with them as it progresses, the research team organised a series of six seminars in the UK and Italy and a conference in Leeds: see Events and Conference. The team is publishing the results of the research in the form of monographs, articles, and volumes of selected papers from the seminars and conference: see Publications.


Ariosto and the 'cantimpanca'

Luca Degl'Innocenti, one of the project's postdoctoral research fellows, gave a paper on 'Ariosto and the cantimpanca' on 30 November 2016 at UCL Italian. Read on for an outline of Luca's talk. 'First published in 1516, Ariosto's Orlando furioso soon became immensely popular, both in print and in oral recitations. For 500 years, it has...

The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy

The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers between Oral and Literate Cultures, edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Massimo Rospocher, and Rosa Salzberg, forms a special issue of Italian Studies, 71.2 (May 2016). For details, see our Publications page.

Interactions between Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Culture

Interactions between Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Culture, edited by three members of the project team, was published by Routledge in February 2016. For details, see our Publications page.

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Improvising Poetry in Renaissance Italy: From the Court to the Piazza

Panel organized by Francesca Bortoletti and Luca Degl'Innocenti at the Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, Taylor Institution, University of...

Performing Text in Early Modern England and Italy: Interpreting the Evidence

University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Brotherton Room (campus map) This study day will consider the question of how we can...

Panels and papers at the conference of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin

Street Singers in Renaissance Europe and Beyond Organized by Luca Degl'Innocenti and Massimo Rospocher, University of Leeds, UK Thursday, 26...

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