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Donizetti's  La fille du régiment

Royal Opera House, London


Donizetti's  Lucia di Lammermoor

Los Angeles Opera


Rossini's   Otello

Vlaamse Opera, Ghent/Antwerp


Donizetti's   La favorite

Le Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse





Latest News

Naxos have released a CD ( 8.660338-39 ) of David's Lalla Roukh taken from the 2013 Opera Lafayette production, see here for article.

The Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, are performing concert versions of Donizetti's Poliuto (April 16-21),  Ponchielli's La Gioconda (May 13-17)   and Bellini's Norma (June 4 - 8).

Bergamo have released details of the 2014 Donizetti festival, see here

Opera Rara have announced a concert performance of Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on November 4, 2014, preceded by recording sessions. The CDs will contain music not heard since the first performances in 1840. They have also launched an appeal to raise the £250,000 needed to cover the costs. For details see the “Donate” page of their website .

Opera Rara have released Donizetti's Rita on ORC 50.

A television recording of the Toulouse production of Donizetti's La favorite can be seen here. Verdi's Attila is also available at the bottom of that page.

Newsletter 121 is now available. Many past articles from the Society's Newsletters up to 1989 are now available on line. Find them here.  

Charles Jernigan has written an article reflecting on the appearance of ghosts in 19th century opera noting the dearth of Italian models and thus highlighting the uniqueness of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. See here. offers a wealth of opera videos free to view, although of varying quality.

Recent opera books include Kenneth Stern's Giuditta PastaPhilip Eisenbeiss's Bel Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique, Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume 2 of Pauline Viardot and Andrew Everett's Josephine's Composer.



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