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Amongst several operas Opera vision have made available for viewing are Donizetti's La Favorite from Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (see here), Lucia de Lammermoor from Teatro Real, Madrid with Lisette Oropesa  (see here) and Bellini's Norma from Teatro La Fenice with Mariella Devia (see here)

Opera Rara have just released their new recording of Rossini's Semiramide. See here for details and here for short video.

Charles Jernigan has kindly provided write ups on Rossini's Tancredi and Mayr's Medea in Corinto from Will Crutchfield's new venture, the Teatro  Nuovo. In his latest travels in Europe, he saw Mercadante's Didone abbandonata at Innsbruck and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia , Ricciardo e Zoraide and Adina at Pesaro.

Review of Opera della Luna's imaginative reworking of Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment. See here

Retrospect Opera have just released their recording of Edward Loder's Raymond and Agnes, the first complete recording of any of his operas.  This follows their recent recordings of other rarities including Ethel Smyth's The Boatswain's Mate, Charles Dibdin's Christmas Gambols and Edward Solomon and Francis Burnand's Pickwick.

Dynamic have released a DVD (37811),  BluRay (57811) and CD (CDS7811.02 ) of Donizetti's Pigmalione and Mayr's Che Originale! from the 2017 Bergamo Festival and a DVD (37822),  BluRay (57822) and CD (CDS7822.02) of Donizetti's La Favorite from a February 2018 performance at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Report from Innsbruck on recent performances of Flotow's Martha and Wagner's Rienzi. See here

Newsletter 134 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.

A new book on Teodulo Mabellini edited by Claudio Paradiso has been published by SEDM

Alan Jackson recently visited Paris and has sent the following report on the two operas he saw there: Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and Auber's Le Domino Noir. See here.

Boydell and Brewer are publishing an English edition of Pacini's Memoirs in July. See .  At the moment they are offering 30% discount on all their opera books. Enter discount code - BB530

Review of Marshner's Hans Heiling from Essen

Will Crutchfield has moved his bel canto operations from Caramoor to a new venture, Teatro Nuovo, based at the Performing Arts Center at the State University of New York at Purchase, New York State.  See here for Crutchfield's announcement.  Their first festival will take place from July 28 to August 5 and includes Rossini's Tancredi, Mayr's Medea in Corinto and a version of Tancredi incorporating music Rossini wrote for revivals. See here for details.

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.

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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