128 is now available. In Newsletter 127, Alan
Jackson made the interesting speculation as to
whether anything might be deduced about singing
styles from looking at Liszt's piano
transcriptions of certain bel canto
operas. His article can be found
here. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 69 (October 1996)
are now available online.
and then to relevant link.
BBC Radio 3 broadcast Wagner's early Italianate opera Das Liebesverbot on June 18 (see here) and Benjamin Godard's Dante (1890) on June 9 (see here). Paisiello was Composer of the Week, June 6-10 which included excerpts from several of his operas. All broadcasts are available online for 30 days after initial transmission..
A new website dedicated to Pacini has been created - http://www.giovannipacininews.com/. It includes excerpts from Pacini operas, a list of his works, articles on Pacini and a translation of his Le mie memorie artistiche.
See here for an article by Charles Jernigan reviewing the cinema showing of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux from the Met on April 18.
A group of enthusiasts have opened up an exhibition on the life of the 19th and early 20th century soprano, Adelina Patti, in the game larder of her former home at Craig-y-Nos in the Brecon Beacons. The exhibition is now open should you be in the area. The web page on the exhibition (http://www.breconbeacons.org/plan/visitor_information/craig-y-nos_visitor_centre/ adelina_patti_exhibition ) includes a documentary on Patti with some interesting photographs and short excerpts of her singing.
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.