Robert Ignatius Letellier was born in Durban on 11 August 1953, and educated in Grahamstown, Cambridge, Salzburg, Rome and Jerusalem. He is a member of Trinity College (Cambridge), the Salzburg Centre for Research in the Early English Novel (University of Salzburg), the Maryvale Institute (Birmingham), and the Institute for Continuing Education at Madingley Hall (Cambridge). Publications include books and articles on the late-seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel (particularly the Gothic novel and Sir Walter Scott), the Bible, and European culture—with special emphasis on the Romantic opera and ballet, particularly the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer (a four-volume English edition of his diaries, a collection of studies, and a reading of the operas).Marco Clemente Pellegrini was born in Milan on 3 August 1962, and studied at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan), writing a dissertation about relations between the Latin and Greek Churches during the First Crusade. He lives in his home city with his wife Anna and their two sons, Stefano and Paul. He teaches Italian Literature and History at Giulio Riva College in Saronno, near Milan, and has written articles on history and didactics, as well as co-authoring an Italian Grammar. Romantic music is his lifelong interest and he has studied Meyerbeer extensively, collecting sources and textes about him and his 19th century triumphs. He has written articles and reviews for the Meyerbeer Fan Club, and collaborates with Robert Letellier, having translated some of his articles on Meyerbeer into Italian.