Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies


Classical Studies Major chosen as Ricci Scholar

Classical Studies Major chosen as Ricci Scholar

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong, from Naperville, Illinois, is majoring in Classical Civilization and Spanish, with a minor in Latin. She is also a member of Loyola's Honors Program. She was awarded a Ricci Scholarship to provide a comparative study of the opera and operatic traditions in contemporary China and Italy. By interviewing key members of the opera scene in Rome and Beijing, Stephanie explored how each opera house restyles and maintains Western operatic traditions to appeal to a modern audience while preserving classic stories, techniques, and music.

NY Times - China published Stephanie's essay on her experiences studying in Beijing. It is also available in English.

The Ricci Scholars Program offers an unparalleled study-abroad, immersion and global scholarship opportunity for highly motivated students. The program awards selected students with scholarships for travel, research and exploration during a junior year of study divided between two of the world’s most important cities: Rome, Italy, and Beijing, China. Learn more about the Ricci Scholars Program here.