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Félicien David's Herculanum from the Wexford Festival is being broadcast  on BBC Radio 3 on October 29 at 19.45 (UK time). It will then be available for 30 days.

A new book on the Victorian soprano Therese Tietjens has just been published. It is entitled Therese Tietjens: Last Rose of Victorian Opera and is written by Susie Timms. The publisher is County Collegiate, who do not appear to have a web site but details can be found on Amazon and other book sellers.

This autumn, Opera Rara are offering a 50% discount on 5 of their titles each week for a week. This coming week the offer is on Rossini's Ermione and Elisabetta, regina d'Inghelterra, Pacini's Carlo di Borgogna, Donizetti's Emilia di Liverpool and Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe. See here

A review by Nick Hawkins of Rossini's La donna del lago staged at the Rossini Festival, Pesaro.  See here.  

Rossini's La Cenerentola  from the Opéra de Lille is available for streaming until April 13, 2017, see here 

Lucia Comments and photographs from the Royal Opera's staging of Bellini's Norma

Newsletter 129 is now available. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 81 (October 2000) are now available online.  Go to and then to relevant link.

Dynamic have released CDs (CDS7750) of Paisiello's Fedra from a 2016 performance in Catania and one (CDS7766) of opera overtures that includes Donizetti's Ugo, conte di Parigi .

Scottish Opera are touring Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore until October 29.  See here .  It is a reduced version.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast Rossini's Il Turco in Italia from Pesaro on September 29.  It will be available for 30 days after initial broadcast.

A review by Charles Jernigan of the Festival della Valle d'Itria's production of Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini.  See here.  

Lucia Comments and photographs from the Edinburgh Festival staging of Bellini's Norma starring Cecilia Bartoli 

Comments and photographs from the Buxton Festival's productions of Beethoven's Leonore and Bellini's I Capuletti e i Montecchi  

On February 26, 1978, the Donizetti Society part sponsored a concert performance of Donizetti's Pia De'Tolomei at the Queen Elizabeth's Hall, a CD of which was distributed to members last year.  One of our members has kindly provided an image of the opening pages of the programme including autographs of 6 of the participants. Also included are an article on the opera, a synopsis and the biographies of the performers. See here.

A new website dedicated to Pacini has been created -  It includes excerpts from Pacini operas, a list of his works, articles on Pacini and a translation of  his Le mie memorie artistiche.

The Loeb Music Library have started to digitise their 19th century score collection, see here.

There are new books out on the Victorian conductor Michael Costa and on sopranos Leyla Gencer and Beverly Sills. Recent opera books include Kenneth Stern's Giuditta Pasta, Philip Eisenbeiss's Bel Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique  and Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume 2 of Pauline Viardot.


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