Initiatives and Events

Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies

The Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies, awarded biennially, honors the noted Verdi, Schubert, and Mozart scholar, Martin Chusid (1925-2013), who was Professor Emeritus of Music at New York University and the AIVS’s Founding Director.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Martin Chusid Award is Carlo Romano (Rome, Italy), for his essay “Mazzini visto da Verdi: da modello venerato di patriottismo a profeta esecrato,” in Giuseppe Verdi e il Risorgimento, edited by Ester Capuzzo, Antonio Casu and Angelo G. Sabatini (Rubbettino Editore, 2014).

The award committee noted: “In his richly detailed essay, Carlo Romano examines a new source for Giuseppe Verdi’s Inno Populare, Giovanni Gualberto Guidi’s edition (Florence ca. 1849), discovered (2011) in the private archive of Antonello Palazzolo. Through analysis of historical record, textual evidence, and correspondence between Verdi, Giuseppe Mazzini, who commissioned the hymn, Goffredo Mameli, who wrote the text, and contemporary journalists and publishers, Romano convincingly shows that the Guidi edition not only pre-dates but supersedes in importance the post-Unification edition (Milan 1865) by Paolo De Giorgi, long regarded as the earliest published version of the Inno.”

An English translation of Dr. Romano’s essay will appear in a future issue of the Verdi Forum.

Verdi Forum online

Under the sponsorship of the American Institute for Verdi Studies, since its inception in 1976 the Verdi Forum (formerly the Verdi Newsletter) has published essays, documents, and conference proceedings, which have contributed meaningfully to the scholarly literature on Verdi.  It also provided ephemeral news of forthcoming events and information of interest to members of the AIVS.  Now the journal focuses on permanent scholarship and is a peer-reviewed, annual publication under the editorship of Roberta Montemorra Marvin.

In an exciting new development, we are beginning to make selected issues of the Verdi Newsletter and Verdi Forum available online.  Please follow this link for free access to online content.

Recent updates include full online availability of issues 9-10 and 17-18, containing lists of Verdi's music, librettos, production materials, and other research materials, prepared by AIVS co-director Linda B. Fairtile.

The Verdi Forum online is made possible also by the support of AIVS members and sponsors.  To support this and other initiatives of the AIVS, please follow this link or contact our staff at

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