Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Emeritus Professor of Music, studies the history of 19th-century Italian opera, sketch studies, aesthetics, textual criticism, and performance practice. He serves as general editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi (to be published by the University of Chicago Press and Casa Ricordi of Milan in 2015) and of The Works of Gioachino Rossini (Baerenreiter-Verlag, Kassel 2007). His book Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera (Chicago 2006) won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society. Gossett is the first musicologist to win the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, and has been awarded the Italy’s highest Civilian honor, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce. He is also the former President of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Textual Scholarship, and currently serves as lecturer and consultant to Opera houses across America and Italy. A former Dean of Humanities Division, Gossett has been with the University of Chicago since 1968.