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"Donizetti in the limelight" by Jonathan Keates, International Record Review, pp. 16-20, July 2000. Article briefly covering Donizetti's life and career.

Élisabeth, ou la fille de l'exilé   by Will Crutchfield.
These extensive introductory notes were written for the first performance of this reconstructed French version of Donizetti's opera at the Caramoor Festival, New York, July 17 & 19, 2003.

Queen of Dissent: Mary Stuart and the opera in her honour by Carlo Coccia  by Alexander Weatherson
An article written in 2001 at the request of the Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo to mark their revival of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. As well as describing Coccia's opera on this subject and some parallels with Donizetti's later opera, it seeks to rectify some of the misconceptions that have grown up surrounding the withdrawal of the latter at the demand of the censor before its first planned performance in Naples.

Lucia: some accidents of Locality
Newsletters 93 and 94 could not do justice to the photographs included in Douglas Bennett's article on the background to Lucia and so larger full colour versions have been made available. 

The Patti Project - Swansea City Opera & The Opera School Wales are in the process of applying for funding towards a new project named A Star next Door – Patti’s Impact on a Welsh Valley, the main aim of which is to rediscover and celebrate the life and times of 19th Century opera star, Adelina Patti who lived at Craig Y Nos Castle in the Upper Swansea Valley.

A miracle written twice: Caterina di Guisa by Alexander Weatherson
An article originally written for the programme for the production of Carlo Coccia's opera at the Teatro Chiabrera, Savona, in October/November 1990.

New operatic resource for music of the Marches region of Italy
Following a project started in 1995 entitled, "Riscoperta della Civiltà Musicale Marchigiana" ( "Rediscovering the Musical Heritage of the Marches Region"), a new opera resource is now available in Jesi, Italy, of scores, recordings and other documentation pertaining to opera by composers with links to the Marches region of Italy.  

Donizetti's cantata Canto d'Ugolino - Remarks by Ian Caddy on the recent publication of vocal and orchestral scores on Donizetti's cantata Canto d'Ugolino.

Martin Deasy has published an article on "Local Color: Donizetti's Il furioso in Naples" in 19th-Century Music,Summer 2008, Vol. 32, No. 1, Pages 3–25.  See here for abstract.

A new edition of Donizetti's Belisario - When Buenos Aires Lirica produced Donizetti's Belisario in July 2010, Juan Casasbellas created a reduced score of the opera for an orchestra of 37, more details of which can be found here.

Casa Natale di Gaetano Donizetti - Photographs and information on the house where Donizetti was born, which is now a museum.

Bergamo - Photographs and information on Bergamo, Donizetti's home town.

Donizetti’s Forgotten French Opera: In Search of Le Duc d’Albe - Article by Roger Parker giving some of the background to the newly completed score of Donizetti's unfinished opera Le Duc d'Albe, which was recently performed by Opera Vlaamse.

September 2012 's Opera magazine included an interview with the Donizetti Festival's Artistic Director, Francesco Bellotto, by Stephen Hastings.

Dr Bruno Rauch of the Free Opera Company, Zurich has kindly provided an article on their recent production of Pacini's Il convitato di pietro ossia Don Giovanni.  See here (in German)

An aural analysis of bel canto: traditions and interpretations as preserved through selected sound recordings - Thesis by Airlie Jane Kirkham on using old recordings as a means of appreciating bel canto traditions.

Donizetti's Ghosts - Charles Jernigan's article reflecting on the appearance of ghosts in 19th century opera noting the dearth of Italian models and thus highlighting the uniqueness of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.  For any interested in going further into this topic, see Sarah Chesney's  thesis on "Gothic Imaginations in Primo Ottocento Opera".

I Puritani times two - Article by Charles Jernigan (May 8, 2014) comparing two recent US productions of the opera in New York and Boston.

Rossini's Aureliano Goes Forth (With Goats) - Article by Charles Jernigan (September 24, 2014) giving background and comment on the recent production of Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira at the 2014 Rossini Festival in Pesaro.

The Kaufman Chronologies - An article by Thea Cook in which she describes the unique Kaufman archive and asks for ideas on how it might be preserved and the work carried forward.

Bergamo Musica Festival, 2014 - Charles Jernigan's account of his visit to Bergamo to see their production of Donizetti's Torquato Tasso and Betly.

Hamlet Comes Back to Life in Albuquerque - An article by Charles Jernigan on Opera Southwest's production of Faccio's Amleto.

Donizetti's Les Martyrs - An article by Alan Jackson on the recent concert performance of Donizetti's Les Martyrs

Stella, Nemica Infausta - An article by Thea Cook on the recent bel canto concerts with that title in New York

The Society chairman has now started his own web site that includes a list of his articles, some of which can be downloaded. See

In June 2015, Opera magazine published a very positive editorial on Donizetti entitled "How can one not love him?". See here.

A report by Charles Jernigan on Donizetti's La favorite at Caramoor can be found here.

An article by Nick Hawkins on the 2015 Rossini Festival at Pesaro can be found here.

An article by Charles Jernigan on the recent cinema showing of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux from the Met can be seen here.

A review by Charles Jernigan of the Festival della Valle d'Itria's production of Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini.  See here.

A donizettian life: Nicola De Giosa an article by Alexander Weatherson on the composer

Nicola De Giosa was Donizetti's most fervent pupil and disciple, he kept the master's torch burning when, inevitably, fashion began to turn elsewhere, he turned his conductor's baton into a weapon of attack when the decline of Naples became more and more acute in the newly unified Kingdom of Italy. The quality and originality of his music have not been recognised, but nor has the quality and originality of his lifestyle which turned him into an international figure against all the odds, and ending his compositional career with an extraordinary surprise - literally arm-in-arm with his teacher and idol.  Article originally from the


On February 26, 1978, the Donizetti Society part sponsored a concert performance of Donizetti's Pia De'Tolomei at the Queen Elizabeth's Hall, a CD of which was distributed to members in 2016.  One of our members has kindly provided an image of the opening pages of the programme including autographs of 6 of the participants. Also included are an article on the opera, a synopsis and the biographies of the performers. See here.

Donizetti Forever - review of operas from the 2016 Donizetti Festival in Bergamo by Charles Jernigan

An article by Paola Ciarlantini, "Il domino nero di Lauro Rossi ovvero La scandalosa fuga di suor Estella", which was written as part of mounting the production at Jesi in 2001 can be seen at
Lauro_Rossi_Il_Domino_Nero . You may have to sign up to to download but you can read the paper online - the link for this is rather faint at the bottom of the Academia webpage.

Lucia di Colorado - review of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Denver, May 2017, by Charles Jernigan

Francesca Vella has made available a paper on "Jenny Lind, Voice, Celebrity", soon to be published in Music and Letters. You can download it by signing up free to or there is a rather faint "Read Paper" link at the bottom of the webpage.

Opera Rara have made available a video of a recent lecture by Roger Parker on "How to rescue a lost opera". See here.

Reviews by Charles Jernigan of Donizetti's La Zingara by Amore Opera, New York, and L'assedio di Calais by Odyssey Opera, Boston.

Three reviews by Charles Jernigan, one from Livorno: Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei  and two from Venice: Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Zingarelli's Giulietta e Romeo   

A review by Charles Jernigan of three concerts that took place at Bad Wildbad in 2016 and 2017 featuring  Michael Spyres, Maxim Mironov and Vittorio Prato, in concerts paying tribute to three outstanding singers of the 19th century : Adolphe Nourrit, Giovanni Battista Rubini and  Antonio Tamburini. See here.

Write ups by Charles Jernigan on Rossini's Tancredi and Mayr's Medea in Corinto from Will Crutchfield's new venture, the Teatro  Nuovo. In his latest travels in Europe, he saw Mercadante's Didone abbandonata at Innsbruck and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia Ricciardo e Zoraide and Adina  at Pesaro.

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