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The Donizetti Society has been established since 1973 and has regularly published Newsletters over that time. The following is the list of Newsletter content from 1990-1993. All the main articles from those newsletters have been included below.  Any missing pages are usually either photographs which were omitted in case of any copyright infringement or advertisements or other ephemeral material. You can use the "Find" facility, part of "Edit" on your browser, to search for keywords within each of those pages as well as using the Search facility on the Home page. Articles are in English unless stated otherwise.

 

Newsletters for 1990 (49-51)

Newsletters for 1991 (52-54)

Newsletters for 1992 (55-57)

Newsletters for 1993 (58-60)

 

1990 

Newsletter 49, February 1990

- Books
Review by Piero Mioli (in Italian) of Rudolfo Celletti: Voce di tenore,  Milano: Idealibri,1989

- Linda di Chamounix by Giacomo Branco (in Italian) - p.5
An article on the performance of Donizetti's opera at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, April 30, 1989. See here.

- L'ebreo and Crispino e la comare by Alexander Weatherson - p.6-8
An article on the performances of  Giuseppe Apolloni's L'ebreo and of Luigi and Federico Ricci's Crispino e la comare at the Teatro Chiabera, Savona, November  11, 1989. See here.

- Advertisement for a CD of Donizetti Songs written in the bass clef by Ian Caddy and Melvyn Tan, CDE 84183.  See the Recordings page.

  

Newsletter 50, May 1990

- Due ore di sentinella avvanzata by John Black (pp.3-4)
Speculations on the origin of the opera that was performed a few times in Naples in 1842. See  here.

- Recordings (pp. 5-6)
Review by Alexander Weatherson of Gaetano Donizetti, Messa di Requiem, Orfeo C172881A and Giovanni Pacini, Messa di Requiem, Bongiovanni  GB 2059-2.  See here.

- Books
Review by John Stewart Allitt of Giuseppe Pedemonti, Studio sul metodo d'organo di Giovanni Simone Mayr, Bergamo: Edizioni Carrera,  1990

- List  of performing editions edited and published by the Mayr + Donizetti Collaboration

- Contemporary advertisements by Lord Byron on his poem Parisina and by Felice Romani on his libretto for Donizetti's opera based on it. See here.

  

Newsletter 51, September 1990

 - Ivanhoé, is it authentic Rossini? by Reto Müller  (pp.3-7)
Essay on the origins of the pasticcio. See here.

- Guillaume Tell by Alexander Weatherson (pp.7-8)
An article on the performance of Rossini's opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, July 16, 1990. See here.

- Parisina by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian)  (pp.8-9)
An article on the performance of Donizetti's opera in Florence, May 24, 1990. See here.

- L'ebreo by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian) (pp.10-11)
An article on the performance of Giuseppe Apolloni's opera at Montpelier, July 31, 1990.  See here.

- Maria Stuarda by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian) (pp.11-12)
An article on the performance of Donizetti's opera in Palermo, May 8, 1990. See here.

 

1991

Newsletter 52, February 1991

- Carlo Coccia, Caterina di Guisa by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.3-4)
An article on the performance at the Teatro dell'opera giocosa, Teatro Chiabrera, Savona, November 1, 1990. See here. This production was made available on Bongiovanni GB 2117-18.   A further article on the opera entitled "A miracle written twice: Caterina di Guisa " can be found here .

- Giuseppe Verdi, Le Trouvère by John Black (p.4)
An article on the performance of the French version of Il Trovatore at the Teatro Regio, Parma, September 13, 1990. See here.

- Giovanni Simone Mayr, La rosa bianca e la rosa rossa by Alessandro Mormile (in Italian) (pp.4-5)
An article on the performance given as part of the IX Festival, "Donizetti e il suo tempo", at the Teatro Gaetano Donizetti, Bergamo, October 7, 9 & 11, 1990. See here. This production was made available on Ricordi Foni Cetra RFCD 2007

- Critical Thoughts by Bert Lyons (pp. 5-7)
Thoughts on the value judgements inherent in the sleeve notes to the cassette of Luciano Pavorotti - Verdi and Donizetti Arias. See here

- Recordings (pp.9-10)
Review by Alexander Weatherson of Giuseppe Appolloni's L'ebreo recorded at Savona, October 29/31, 1989 and released on Bongiovanni GB 2089-90. See here for a review of the performance and here for a review of the recording.

Review by Philip G. Gormley of Gaetano Donizetti, La Favorite, recorded at the Festival of the Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca and released on Nuova Era 6823-4.  See here.

- Un opéra de cape et d' épée: Le Pré aux Clercs by Robert Pourvouyer (in French) (pp.11-12)
Article on Herold's opera, revived at Nantes, November, 1990.  See here.

- 1852: deux coups d'Etat (un réussi, un raté) by Robert Pourvouyer (in French) (pp.12-15)
Article on Adam's opera, Si j'étais Roi, revived at Liège, November, 1990.  See here.

- Books (pp.15-18)   See here.
Review by Tom Kaufman of Gaspare Nello Vetro, Giovanni Bottestini, 1821-1889 , published by Università degli Studi di Parma, 1989

Review by Tom Kaufman of Alison Gyger, Opera for the Antipodes, published by Currency Press, Sydney, 1990.

Review by Luca Gorla (in Italian) of Piero Mioli, Donizetti, 70 Melodrammi, published by EDA, Torino 

  

Newsletter 53, May 1991

- Pacini's Amazilia by Alexander Weatherson (pp.3-4)
An article on Pacini's opera ahead of its proposed revival by the Rubini Society. See here.

- Una cortigiana d'alto lignaggio e una regina assai decaduta by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian) (pp.5-6)
Article on performances of Verdi La Traviata at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, December 16, 1990 and Bellini La Straniera at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, December 18, 1990. See here

 - Three opera reviews by Alexander Weatherson, see here. (pp. 7-9)
An article on the production of Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, April 26, 1991 and on Donizetti's La Fille du régiment  at the Théâtre Royal de Liège, April 21, 1991 and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Regio, Parma, April 23, 1991.

- Books
Review by Alexander Weatherson of Tom Kaufman, Verdi and his major contemporaries: A Selected Chronology of Performances with Casts, published by Garland Publishing, New York and London, 1990, see here.  (pp.10-11)

Review by Piero Mioli (in Italian) of Giovanni Carli Ballola-Roberto Parenti, Mozart, published by Rusconi, Milano, 1990. See here (p.11)

Review by Tom Kaufman of Gerald Fitzgerald, Annals of the Metropolitan Opera. (pp.12-13).  See here.

 

Newsletter 54, October 1991

- Intervista di Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti al Maestro Allorto (in Italian)  (pp.3-7)
Interview with the Artistic Director  of the Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, April 23, 1991.  See here.

- Gaetano Donizetti La Favorite by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.8-9)
An article on the production at Opéra de Vichy, August 3, 1991.  See here. See also the director, San Bartolomé's, notes on the opera in Newsletter 55.

- Daniel François Esprit Auber,  La Muette de Portici by Piero Mioli (in Italian) (p.8)
An article on the production at the Ravenna Festival, July 18, 1991.  See here.

- Baptême du Festival de Bel Canto, Romantique au Chantier Naval, Opéra d'Antibes by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in French)  (p.10)
An article on Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Rossini's cantata Giovanna d'Arco on June 25 & 26, 1991.  See here.

- Primavera Siciliana by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian)  (pp.10-12)
An article on performances of Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Wagner's Das Liebesverbot in Palermo, March 5 and May 10, 1991  and Rossini's Semiramide at Catania, May 4, 1991.  See here.

- Recordings (p.12)
Review  by François Nouvion of a recording of Bellini's  Zaira,  Nuova Era 6982-3. See here.

 

1992

Newsletter 55, January 1992

- Il Diluvio Bergamasco by John Stewart Allitt (pp.3-6)
An article on a visit to Bergamo to hear a number of works followed by a more detailed description of Mayr's three "Hannibal" cantatas. See here.

- La Favorite by Pierre-Jean San Bartolomé (in French)  (pp.7-12)
Thoughts on the staging of Donizetti's opera by the director of the performance in Vichy and Paris in 1991 followed by remarks of a more general nature on the opera. See here.

- L'assedio di Calais  by Philip G. Gormley (pp.13-14)
Article on the staging of Donizetti's opera at the Wexford Festival, October 30 and November 2, 1991. See here.

- Books (pp.14-16)
Brief review by Tom Kaufman of Adrienne Simpson, Opera in New Zealand - Aspects of History and Performance, published by Witham Press, Wellington, 1990.

Review by Philip G. Gormley of Remo Giazetto's Le Carte della Scala, published by Akademos Press, Pisa, 1990. See here

 

Newsletter 56, May 1992

- Rinascimento rossiniano in Belgio by Alexander Weatherson (pp.3-4)
An article on performances of Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, February 6, 1992 and his Adelaide di Borgogna at Opéra de Wallonie, Liège, February 9, 1992 plus the film Rossini! Rossini!.  See here.

- ... Inghilterra by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.4-5)
 An article on a performance of Rossini Le siège de Corinthe at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, March 15, 1992. See here.

- ... Italia by Alessandro Mormile (in Italian)    (p.6)
Article on the staging of Rossini's opera Guglielmo Tell at the Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, January 21, 1992.  See here.

- Roberto Devereux by Piero Mioli (in Italian) (pp.6-7)
Article on the staging of Donizetti's opera at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, March 1, 1992.  See here

-  Roberto Devereux by Alessandro Mormile (in Italian)  (pp.7-8)
Article on a different staging of Donizetti's opera at the Salle Garnier, Monte Carlo, January 26, 1992. See here

- La Messa da Requiem by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (pp.9-10)
Article on Donizetti's mass for Bellini performed at the Collegium Vocale Lustenau, April 12, 1992. See here.

- Books  (pp.11-15)
Review by Alexander Weatherson of John Stewart Allitt, Donizetti: in the light of Romanticism and the teaching of Johann Simon Mayr, published by Element Press, Shaftesbury, 1991.  See here. Copies of the book are available from the Society, email info@donizettisociety.com .

Review by Tom Kaufman of Edda Fuhrich and Gisela Prossnitz Die Salzburger Festspiele - Ihre Geschichte in Daten, Zeitzeugnissen und Bilden, Band 1, 1920-1845, published by Residenz Verlag, Salzburg and Vienna 1990  and Hans Jaklitsch Die Salzburger Festspiele, Verzeichniss der Werke und der Künstler, Band III, 1920-1990, published by Residenz Verlag, Salzburg and Vienna 1991.  See here.

Review by Tom Kaufman of Through the Opera Glass - A Chronological Register of Opera Performed in South Australia 1826-1988, published by Friends of the Opera of South Australia, Adelaide, 1991. See here.

Review by Tom Kaufman and François Nouvion of George R. Greegan, ed., Through my monocle: Memoirs of the famous basso Andreas Perello De Segurola, published by Crest Publishing Co., Steubenvilla, Ohio, 1981. See here.

- Recordings
Review  by Philip G. Gormley of Bellini  Il puritani,  Nuova Era 6842-44.  See here

- Bergamo, Musical notices from Città e Provincie by Brian Thornton
Article on various events in Bergamo, both contemporary and historic.  See here.

   

Newsletter 57, September 1992

- Programmes for the Convegno Internationale di Studio, L'Opera teatrale di Gaetano Donizetti, to be held at Bergamo September 17-20, 1992 and Simon  Mayr Symposium held at Ingolstadt, October 2-4, 1992. (pp.3-5)

- Recordings (pp.6-7)
Review  by Philip G. Gormley of Gioachino Rossini's  Armida,  Koch Europa Musica 350 211.  See here.

- Cristoforo Colombo by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (pp.7-8)
Article on the ballet by Beppe Menegatti with music from the works of Donizetti, La Scala, July 14, 1992.  See here.

- Le siege de Corinthe by Alessandro Mormile (in Italian)  (p.9)
Article on the staging of Rossini's opera at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, June 7, 1992.  See here.

- Performance reviews by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian)  (pp. 9-11)
Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at the Politeama Garibaldi, Palermo, January 22, 1992, Poliuto at the Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna on June 27 & 30, 1992 and Il Duca d'Alba at the Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, July 1, 1992.  See here.

- Una Lettera da Montfalcone (Mario Villani) discussing Virginia, Donizetti's wife. (p.12).  See here.

- Bergamo, Musical notices from Città e Provincie by Brian Thornton  (pp. 13-16)
Article on various events in Bergamo, both contemporary and historic.  See here.

- Books (pp.16-17)
Review by Reto Müller of Gioachino Rossini: Letteri e Documenti, Volume 1, 2 febbraio 1792- 17 marzo 1822, a cura di Bruno Cagli e Sergio Ragni published by Libreria Musicale Italiana, Lucca 1992 and  Tutti I Libretti di Rossini, a cura di Marco Beghelli e Nicola Gallino published by Garzanti, Milano, 1991.  See here.

 

1993

Newsletter 58, January 1993 

- Il pirata - triumph and portent by Alexander Weatherson (pp.3-4)
A discussion on the genesis of Bellini's opera.  See here.

- Books (pp.5-6)
Review  by Alexander Weatherson of Carmelo Neri Lettere di Vincenzo Bellini (1819-1835) published by Publisicula Editrice, Palermo, 1991.  See here.

- Il pirata by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (p.7)
Article on a staging of Bellini's opera in Zurich, September 22, 1992.  See here.

- Le Comte Ory by Yonel Buldrini (in French) (p.8)
Article on a staging of Rossini's opera at the Théâtre de Metz, October 2, 1992. See here.

- Gaetano Donizetti, Cristoforo Colombo by Nicola Lischi Mungai (in Italian)  (p.9)
Article on Donizetti's cantata at the Teatro Chiabrera, Savona, October 29, 1992.  See here.

- Sigismondo by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (pp.10-12)
Article on a staging of Rossini's opera at the Teatro Sociale, Rovigo, October 9, 1992. See here.

- Bergamo, Musical notices from Città e Provincie by Brian Thornton  (pp.13-15)
Article on various events in Bergamo, both contemporary and historic.  See here.

- Advertisement for Particia Adkins Chiti Una Voce Poco Fa ... published by Garamond Editrice

- Review of Donizetti's Maria Padilla that appeared in the Strenna Teatrale Europea shortly after the premiere in December 1841. (p.17)  .  See here.

 

Newsletter 59, May 1993

- Il Domino Nero di Lauro Rossi by Paola Ciariantini (in Italian)   (pp.3-5)
A short history of the composer and the opera.  See here.

- L'assedio di Donizetti by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.6-7)
 An article on Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais performed at the Guildhall School of Music, 1993.  See here.

- Beatrice di Tenda by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (pp.8-9)
 Article on a staging of Bellini's opera at La Scala, Milan, February 12, 1993.  See here.

- Books
Review  by Alexander Weatherson of Piero Mioli Manuale del melodramma published by Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, Milano, 1993 (p.10).  See here.

Review  by John Stewart Allitt of Pierluigi Forcella, Musica e musicisti a Bergamo dalle origini ai contemporani published by Edizioni Villadiseriane, Bergamo, 1992  (pp.11-12).  See here.

- The first Mayr Conference by John Stewart Allitt   (pp.12-14)
An article on the conference held in Bergamo, March 5-7, 1993.  See here.

- Bergamo, Musical notices from Città e Provincie by Brian Thornton   (pp.14-15)
Article on various events in Bergamo, both contemporary and historic.  See here.

- Da Palermo a Catania: Lucia e Don Pasquale by Fulvio Stefano Lo Presti (in Italian)   (p.16)
Article on performances of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Politeama Garibaldi, Palermo, February 28, 1993 and Don Pasquale at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania, March 28, 1993. See here.

 

Newsletter 60, September 1993

- Donizetti / Liszt by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.3-4)
Short note on a recently discovered Liszt transcription from La Favorite. See here.

- An Irish Lucia by Philip G. Gormley (pp.5-8)
An article on the staging of Donizetti's opera at Castleward, Northern Ireland together with an appendix on the opera's origins. See here.

- Gaetano Donizetti Anna Bolena by Alexander Weatherson  (pp.9-10)
An article on the staging at Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, May 6, 1993.  See here.

- Two reviews by Dr. Günter R Gruber (in German)  (pp.11-14)
Donizetti's  Roberto Devereux at the Stadttheater, St. Gallen, April 30, 1993 and Rossini's Tancredi at La Scala, Milan, July 17, 1993.  See here.

- Recordings (p.15)
Review  by Philip G. Gormley of Mayr's  La rosa bianca e la rosa rossa ossia Il trionfo dell'amicizia, Ricordi Foni Cetra RFCD 2007.  See here.  

- Bergamo, Musical notices from Città e Provincie by Brian Thornton  (pp.16-18)
Article on various events in Bergamo, both contemporary and historic.  See here.

 







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