There are new books out on the Victorian conductor Michael Costa and on sopranos Leyla Gencer and Beverly Sills.
The BBC will be broadcasting Donizetti's Roberto Devereux on November 19 at 14.00 (UK time). Berlioz's French adaptation (1841) of Weber's Der Freischütz was broadcast on November 4. All
programmes are available for a further 30 days after broadcast.
Rosalind Coad will be talking at the Cadogan Hall about L'elisir d'amore and her experiences singing in it on November 24 at 10.30, see here. At 19.00, the same day, New Sussex Opera are performing Thomas' Mignon
Newsletter 126 is now available. An article from Newsletter 125 on an aria composed by Balfe for inclusion in Donizetti's Il furioso can be found here.
The Loeb Music Library have started to digitise their 19th century score collection, see here.
Opera Rara are beginning their autumn series of talks see here for details.
Operngruppe are performing Donizetti's Betly on November 17, the first time the critical score of the opera has been given in Germany.
Opera Magazine (June 2015) carried a very positive editorial on Donizetti and have kindly given us permission to reproduce it. See here.
Opera Rara have released their recording of Les Martyrs. See here for Alan Jackson's
review of the concert performance that followed the recording. They are appealing for funds to record Le Duc d'Albe, see here.
Opera Nostalgia concentrates on past singers and performances. It has a host of useful links including http://www.katani.nl/english.html where you can find an English translation of Pacini's Le
mie memorie artistiche
opera books include Kenneth
Pasta, Philip Eisenbeiss's
Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto
Tenors: History and Technique, Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume
2 of Pauline Viardot
and Andrew Everett's Josephine's