Candida Billie Mantica completed a PhD in Music at the University of Southampton, within the AHRC funded FICTOS (Franco Italian Cultural Transfer Opera and Song) project. Her thesis explored Gaetano Donizetti’s unknown opera L’Ange de Nisida, of which she is preparing a critical edition. She holds a Bachelor and Master in Musicology from the University of Cremona and she was teaching assistant for the course of Antique Music Roadshow at the University of Southampton. She is currently working on a book on Vincenzo Bellini’s sketches. Further interests include the intersection of Italian opera and film.