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Charles Jernigan has sent a report on Mercadante's Il bravo from this year's Wexford Festival. See here. RTÉ  in conjunction with ARTE will be live streaming a performance of it on October 27 at 7pm (Irish time) . See here. It will then be available on RTÉ player.

Charles also saw Rossini's Semiramide in Venice. His review can be found here.

BBC  Radio 3 will be broadcasting five programs on Rossini, November 12-16 at 12pm (UK time) including excerpts from many of his operas, see here. They broadcast Bellini's Norma from La Fenice on Thursday October 18, see here , Cherubini's Médée on October 20, see here and Rubinstein's The Demon on Thursday, November 1, see here. These broadcasts are usually available for 30 days after first broadcast.

Newsletter 135 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.

Dynamic have released a recording of Donizetti's Messa di Requiem from the 2017 Donizetti festival in Bergamo (CDS7813 ). Recently they also 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.

Amongst several operas Operavision have made available for viewing are Donizetti's 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.

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.

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