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Review of Donizetti's Anna  Bolena from Longborough Festival Opera. See here.

See here for Charles Jernigan's review of Offenbach's La Belle Hélène in Boston. Charles also saw a concert performance of Rossini's Zelmira in Washington on April 5. His review can be found here.

Newsletter 137 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.

BBC  Radio 3 broadcast  Donizetti's Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma) on June 13. See here.  These broadcasts are usually available for 30 days after first broadcast.

A broadcast from Liège of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena can be found at .

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.

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

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

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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