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Viola Usselmann

Curriculum Vitae

Viola Usselmann graduated in Musicology, Italian Literature and Cultural Management at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the Ca’Foscari University of Venice. She dedicated her master thesis to the research on the presentation of suicide-scenes in the Italian opera; within her PhD thesis (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln / Sapienza Università di Roma) she is doing research on the musical heritage of the Mylius and the Vigoni family.

A scholarship-programme of the Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) enabled her to sojourn several months at Palazzo Ricci, Europäische Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Within various excursions and study tours she visited furthermore Venice, Rome, Trieste, Ljubljana and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil).

She collaborated as assistant of the stage directoion, of the dramaturge, as prompter and responsible for the subtitles in various productions at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, the Theater Erfurt and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as well as for the Young Opera of Jeunesses Musicales Germany. Recently  she worked within a lectureship at the department of musicology at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

Viola Usselmann is Junior Follow at the German-Italian Centre for the European Dialogue Villa Vigoni since 2014.

Main research areas & fields of interests:

  • Italian opera, 17th to 20th century
  • music and literature of the Trecento
  • libretto research
  • aspects of translation in the contemporary opera