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Opera Rara are offering a 35% discount on their Rossini and Donizetti recordings, see  https://opera-rara.com/


Report by Charles Jernigan on this year's Donizetti Festival in Bergamo where three operas were staged:- Pietro il Grande, Lucrezia Borgia and L'Ange de Nisida. Reports on the belated premiere in London in 2018 can be found in Newsletter 135, October 2018

Charles Jernigan' recently saw Pacini's Maria D'Inghilterra in Boston (see here ) and Rossini's Ermione in Naples (see here).


On Thursday, December 5 at 14.00 (UK time), BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Ponchielli's La Gioconda, See here.   On November 23, they broadcast Donizetti's Don Pasquale with Bryn Terfel from the recent Covent Garden production, see here (and here for a review and photographs). Broadcasts are usually available for a further 30 days.
 

RTÉ lyric fm broadcast operas from the 2019 Wexford Festival beginning on November 2 with Vivaldi's Dorilla in Tempe.  Rossini's Adina was broadcast on November 16, 2019. They are available in the RTÉ archive. See here for details.


Newsletter 138 is now available. All the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 102 (October 2007) are now available online.  Go to http://donizettisociety.com/newsletters.htm and then to the relevant link.




Review of Donizetti's Don Pasquale from Covent Garden. See here


Dynamic have released CDs and DVD of Gomes' Lo Schiavo from a performance at Cagliari, CD - CDS7845.02 , DVD - 37845  as well as a  13 DVD set of Donizetti operas entitled, for some reason, Donizetti Heroines, DVD 37859 , even though it includes Pigmalione.




Review of Donizetti's Anna  Bolena from Longborough Festival Opera. See here. Also a short review of Dorset Opera's recent Lucia can be found here.





Review of Peter Heise's Drot og Marsk from Copenhagen. See here


Dynamic have released a DVD (37833) and Blueray (57833) of Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna from the 2018 Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.


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.



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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