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Opera Rara are offering their Pacini releases at half prices see and click on the "Next" arrow to see all the releases.

BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia from Geneva on Thursday, January 18 at 14.00 (UK time), see here. They  broadcast Rossini's Semiramide from the Royal Opera House, London on January 6 (See here) and Bellini's Norma from the Met on  December 16 (see here).   The broadcasts are available for 30 days after first transmission. They will be broadcasting Rossini's Mosè in Egitto from the Bregenz Festival on January 25 and Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with Pretty Yende from New York on February 10.

Victorian Opera Northwest are looking for subscribers to help fund a recording of Cellier's Dorothy with Majella Cullagh and conducted by Richard Bonynge. See here for details.

The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is staging a performance of Balfe's operetta The Sleeping Princess in Dublin on January 22, 2018 at 7.30pm. See here for details.

Review by Alan Jackson of Rossini's Semiramide at Covent Garden, its first production there since 1887. See here

Two rarities coming up. The Theater für Niedersachsen, Hildesheim, is giving the German premiere of Donizetti's Adelia on March 4, 10 and 17. See here. The Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik is staging Mercadante's Didone on August 10, 12 and 14. See here.

Review by Charles Jernigan of the US premiere of Foroni's Margherita from the 2017 Wexford Festival. His reviews of Donizetti's La Zingara by Amore Opera, New York, and L'assedio di Calais by Odyssey Opera, Boston, can be found here.

RTÉ Lyric FM are broadcasting Cherubini's Medea, Foroni's Margherita and Alfano's Risurrezione. You can also catch their October 14 broadcast of Robert O'Dwyer's Eithne, the first opera to an Irish language libretto.  See .

Opera Rara have recently released recital disks by Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury. There is a review by Alan Jackson in October's Newsletter. Opera Rara have made available a video of a recent lecture by Roger Parker on "How to rescue a lost opera". See here.

Routledge have just published Kurt Gänzl's, Victorian Vocalists.  It's a collection of lively biographies of 100 Victorian singers from different countries and backgrounds but all of whom have some connection through singing opera in London. Written in Kurt's inimitable, chatty style it is very readable and a mine of information although without references or index if you wanted to follow up on any point. The printed edition comes in at a hefty £185, although it is available from various sources at around £150. The e-book version is much cheaper at under £36. The singers covered are listed here.

Newsletter 132 is now available. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 99 (October 2006) are now available online.  Go to and then to relevant link.

Reviews by Charles Jernigan of the US premiere of Donizetti's The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di  Calais) at the Glimmerglass Festival and Lucia di Lammermoor at Santa Fe Opera.


Francesca Vella has made available a paper on "Jenny Lind, Voice, Celebrity", soon to be published in Music and Letters. You can download it by signing up free to or there is a rather faint "Read Paper" link at the bottom of the webpage.

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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