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Review of English Touring Opera's production of Rossini's Elizabeth I (Elisabetta, regina  d'Inghilterra) . See here

The Divas and Scholars Organisation is holding an evening at the Ivy in London on March 25 discussing La Fille du régiment with excerpts sung by He Wu.

BBC  Radio 3 broadcast Donizetti's La Fille du régiment from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, March 2. See here.  These broadcasts are usually available for 30 days after first broadcast.

Newsletter 136 is now available. All the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 102 (October 2007) are now available online.  Go to and then to the relevant link.

Ricordi have just published a book by Alberto Zedda called A Life with Rossini. It is in English having been translated by Charles Jernigan.

The renowned conductor and musicologist, Alberto Zedda, was part of the group that founded the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.  His critical edition of The Barber of Seville was the first such edition for any Italian nineteenth century opera.  Zedda, from Milan, began his career at the Cincinnati Conservatory, where he discovered that standard edition of The Barber was filled with mistakes, and thus he began his life-long love of Rossini and involvement in his operas. His book traces this involvement while ranging over an eclectic collection of Rossini related topics. 

A long review by Will Crutchfield can be found here.

On 4 November 2017, Spyridon Xyndas’s comic opera, O Ypopsifios [The Parliamentary Candidate], was revived at the Municipal Theatre in Corfu, 150 years after its first performance. A DVD was made of the performance, which was a straightforward traditional production. The music is tuneful and original and in the style of contemporary Italian opera but with some more regional influences, which must have been uncommon at that time.  A copy of the DVD may be obtained from the Corfu Philharmonic Society at a cost of 15 euros. Please email Excerpts can be found here from the start of the overture, here from the finale of Act 1 and here from the Final scene.

Victorian Opera Northwest have released their recording of Alfred Cellier's Dorothy on Naxos 8660447. See here

Charles Jernigan sent a report from the 2018 Donizetti Festival. He has sent an overview of the festival and reviews of the Gala Concert, Enrico di Borgogna and Il Castello di Kenilworth.

His report on Mercadante's Il bravo from the 2018 Wexford Festival can be found here. It is still available on Rplayer, see here, as well as on the BBC, see above. Charles also saw Rossini's Semiramide in Venice. His review can be found here.

The American Institute of Verdi Studies is a focus for Verdi activities in the US.  Their Journal, The Verdi Forum, has many scholarly articles, all of which bar those from the most recent edition can be downloaded.

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


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