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Dynamic have released CDs and DVD of Gomes' Lo Schiavo from a performance at Cagliari, CD - CDS7845.02 , DVD - 37845  as well as a  13 DVD set of Donizetti operas entitled, for some reason, Donizetti Heroines, DVD 37859 , even though it includes Pigmalione.

For Leyla Gencer fans, there's a voluminous archive at

Charles Jernigan's visit to the Bad Wildbad festival has produced reviews of Meyerbeer's Romilda e Costanza, and Rossini's Tancredi and Matilde di Shabran. Charles also reviewed  semi staged productions of Rossini's La Gazza Ladra and Bellini's La Straniera at the Teatro Nuovo, New York, see here , Offenbach's La Belle Hélène in Boston, see here and a concert performance of Rossini's Zelmira in Washington on April 5, see here.

Review of Donizetti's Anna  Bolena from Longborough Festival Opera. See here. Also a short review of Dorset Opera's recent Lucia 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.

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.

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.

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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