The following is a selection of Francesco's most significant publications.
A comprehensive list of Francesco's published scholarship is available on his University of Southampton web page.
Published in 2013 by University of Rochester Press in the prestigious Eastman Studies in Music series, Francesco's book tells the forgotten story of post-Rossinian opera buffa, with attention to masterpieces by Donizetti and fascinating comic works by Luigi Ricci, the young Verdi, and other composers.
This critical edition offers the first publication of Giuseppe Verdi's second opera, Un giorno di regno, in full score. The edition is based primarily on Verdi's autograph manuscript. Editor Francesco Izzo contextualizes Un giorno di regno in his introductory discussion of the work’s origins, sources, and performances. In addition, appendices provide alternative musical readings and reconstruct lost versions of segments of the musical numbers, while the critical commentary explores editorial problems and answers. The edition is part of the series The Works of Giuseppe Verdi / Opere di Giuseppe Verdi, co-published by Casa Ricordi and The University of Chicago Press.
Comic Sights: Stage Directions in Luigi Ricci's Autograph Scores
What happens on stage during an opera performance? What sort of visible action is supposed to accompany entire scenes or individual passages? In the first half of the 19th century, who had control over staging and acting in Italian opera performances? Find out in this engaging chapter, which looks at how a leading composer of opera buffa sought to coordinate music and visual elements by providing detailed stage directions in his autograph scores.
Published in the monumental Oxford Handbook of Opera, edited by Helen M. Greenwald, this chapter takes the reader on a journey across different periods and geographic areas, exploring how political and religious authorities interfered with the creation and performance of opera, affecting and altering choices of subject, poetic texts, verbal expressions, and, indeed, the music.
Verdi, the Virgin, and the censor: the politics of the cult of Mary in I Lombardi alla prima crociata and Giovanna d'Arco
Published in Journal of the American Musicological Society, this article delves into the political ramifications of religious themes in early Verdi, shedding new light onto the workings of censorship and offering insights to scholars and performers.