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Opera Rara are offering reductions on many of their Donizetti recordings, see here

Charles Jernigan sent a report from the 2018 Donizetti Festival. He has sent an overview of the festival and reviews of the Gala Concert, Enrico di Borgogna and Il Castello di Kenilworth.

His report on Mercadante's Il bravo from this year's Wexford Festival can be found here. RTÉ  in conjunction with ARTE broadcast it on October 27 and it is still available on Rplayer, see here. Charles also saw Rossini's Semiramide in Venice. His review can be found here.

BBC  Radio 3 broadcast Saint-Säens early opera Le timbre d'argent on Thursday, Nov. 29, see here. They broadcast  five programs on Rossini, November 12-16 including excerpts from many of his operas, 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 DVD (37826), Blueray (57826) and CDs (CDS7826.02) of Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata  from Turin. Recently they have released a recording of Donizetti's Messa di Requiem from the 2017 Donizetti festival in Bergamo (CDS7813 ),  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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