Alessandra Visconti Lecturer in Italian

Alessandra Visconti was born in Beirut, Lebanon and grew up in Rome. Her academic background includes studies in comparative literature at the University of Venice, a degree in Historical Performance at the Mannes College of Music in NYC and an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan and can be heard on critically acclaimed recordings of medieval, renaissance and baroque music. She coaches operatic diction at the Chicago Opera Theater and the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has performed with the New York Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, the Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, Schola Antiqua of Chicago and the Beyond the Score series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has published two Italian language manuals with McGraw-Hill and is currently doing research on the acquisition of Italian by speakers of Spanish.