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A group of enthusiasts have opened up an exhibition on the life of the 19th and early 20th century soprano, Adelina Patti, in the game larder of her former home at Craig-y-Nos in the Brecon Beacons.  The exhibition is now open should you be in the area.  The web page on the exhibition ( adelina_patti_exhibition ) includes a documentary on Patti with some interesting photographs and short excerpts of her singing. 

Lucia Comments and photographs from the Royal Opera House, London, production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor 
Bristol Opera are staging Donizetti's Il campanello together with Mascagni's Cavalliera Rusticana on May 4-7 at the Olympus Theatre, Bristol.  See here  for details.  Sops

Vertical Player Repertory presents the US premiere of Giovanni Pacini's Malvina di Scozia on May 11 & 13 at 7.30pm at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York.

BBC 3 broadcast Rossini's Otello on Thursday, April 28 (see here).  The broadcast will be available online for 30 days. Donizetti's Roberto Devereux from the Met (see here) is also still available. 

Two enterprising young singers are organising a concert in London to help fund their studies. It's at the church of St George the Martyr, SE1 1JA, London on May 14 at 7 pm.  See here  for details.  The concert will include Donizetti. Sops

Opera Rara and the BBC will be giving a concert performance of Bellini's Adelson e Salvini at the Barbican in London on May 11 at 7.00pm and of Rossini's Semiramide at the BBC Proms on September 4.

Photographs and comment on English National Opera's recent production of Bellini's Norma. See here.     Comment and photographs from English Touring Opera's current production of Donizetti's Pia De' Tolomei  

Dynamic have issued a CD ( CDS7676 ) and DVD ( 37676 ) of Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco from the 2013 Festival della Valle d'Itria and a CD ( CDS7737 ) of Nicola De Giosa's Don Checco from the 2015 Festival. The background of the latter was written about in Newsletter 120.

Opera Rara have released their recording of Donizetti's Le Duc d'Albe, see here. Richard Morrison's 4 star Times review (26 February 2016) says: "Opera Rara, freed from the need to present a coherent dramatic spectacle on stage, here presents the original torso with the minimum of tampering. Good decision: there’s enough first-rate Donizetti here to justify this approach".

Newsletter 127 is now available. Two articles from Newsletter 126 have been put online.  They are "Donizetti compositore e...patriota?"by Mario Villani (here) discussing Donizetti's patriotism and "Une ténébreuse affaire or worse: the fate of an opera by Constantino Palumbo" by Alexander Weatherson (here) outlining the disappearance of the opera Pier Luigi Farnese.  Articles from Newsletters 49-66 (February 1990 - September 1995) have been made available online, see here and here. Selections from earlier newsletters are already online.

A Ph.D. thesis on Giuditta Pasta and Bellini's Norma entitled Ornament and Gesture by Xuan Qin is available here.

The Loeb Music Library have started to digitise their 19th century score collection, see here.

There are new books out on the Victorian conductor Michael Costa and on sopranos Leyla Gencer and Beverly Sills. Recent opera books include Kenneth Stern's Giuditta Pasta, Philip Eisenbeiss's Bel Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique  and Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume 2 of Pauline Viardot.


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