Antonio Tilli

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Professor of Languages

Dottore in Lettere Moderne (Chieti)

Email: [email protected]

Teaching Italian grammar and  syntax


Phonology and comparative phonology

Antonio Tilli studied Classics in Italy, and has worked in Rome, Paris and Lausanne.

He has lectured Italian at the Manchester Metropolitan University since 1999. He has extensive coaching experience. His research on phonetics and phonology together with a great passion for opera enabled him to teach and coach Italian at the RNCM and worked as a freelance for professional singers as well as the Hallé, Leeds Festival, the European Opera Centre and recently for the classical music group Gallicantus.

His artistic interests range between poetry, painting, music and theatre.

He is a published author of reviews and essays on the Italian Verismo, romance philology and southern Italian folklore.

Recent publications include La voce del silenzio by Aletti, Rome, an anthology of poems based on Greek mythology with a bucolic and nostalgic interweave. Alcina from Ariosto to Händel, a comparative study of baroque music and the Italian epic poetry tradition for the Université Catholique de Louvain..

It is forthcoming a book on pronunciation for singers for a major UK publisher, and a research on Verdi’s Falstaff.


Current and Future Research

Tilli (2006). Italiani all’opera. A night at the opera, L’italiano europeo.

Tilli (2006). Lina Pietravalle e gli epigoni del Verismo. Orizzonti. Roma.

Tilli (2007). Tra un fiore colto e l’altro donato (in collaboration) Aletti. Rom.

Tilli (2008). La voce del silenzio. Aletti. Roma.

Tilli (2009). Alcina d’Ariosto à Haendel. Les letrres romanes. University of Groningen.

“Italiani all’opera” review of La Cenerentola by Rossini in “L’italiano europeo” 2005

“Lina Pietravalle e gli epigoni del verismo” in Orizzonti letterari no. 31 2007

“Tra un fiore colto e un altro donato” anthology of contemporary poets published by Aletti 2007

Professional Activity

Language variation and change (particularly at the level of phonetics and phonology and with relevance to Opera)

Italian Opera (especially early works)

Italian philology (accents and dialect acquisition)

Usage-based phonetics/phonology

The teaching of grammar and pronunciation

Vowel/colour/register perception of poetic texts

Folk customs of Italy and contemporary paganism.

The literature of united Italy (1870- 1910): classicism, naturalism and verismo.