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Newsletter 130 is now available. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 99 (October 2006) are now available online.  Go to and then to relevant link.

The BBC are broadcasting Rossini's Il turco in Italia from a 2010 Royal Opera production at 1400 (UK time) on March 2. (see here) and  Donizetti's Rosmonda d'Inghilterra with Pratt from Florence on February 23 at 14.00 (UK time) (see here). This was the production that was later staged at Bergamo. See here for a write up.  The BBC broadcast Bellini's I puritani from the Met with Damrau on February 18 (see here) and Marschner's Der Vampyr, on February 9. Composer of the week (January 23) was Rossini (see here) while composer of the week starting February 20 is Neils Gade (see here). All broadcasts will be available for 30 days after initial transmission.
Dynamic have released a CD (CDS7753.03)
, DVD (37753) and Blueray (57753) of Mercadante's Francesca di Rimini from the Festival della Valle d'Itria 2016 festival. Last month they released a DVD (37763) and Blueray (57763) of Rossini's Armida from a 2015 production from Ghent. They have also released CDs (CDS7754.02) of Paisiello's La grotta di Trofonio from a 2016 Festival della Valle d'Itria production.

Reviews by Alan Jackson from this year's Donizetti Festival in Bergamo - Rosmonda d'Inghilterra and Olivo e Pasquale. A review of both by Charles Jernigan can be found here.

Reviews by Charles Jernigan of  David's Herculanum and Donizetti's Maria de Rudenz from the 2016 Wexford Festival

Report by Charles Jernigan on Opera Southwest's production of Rossini's Tancredi

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.

A new book on the Victorian soprano Therese Tietjens has just been published. It is entitled Therese Tietjens: Last Rose of Victorian Opera and is written by Susie Timms. The publisher is County Collegiate, who do not appear to have a web site but details can be found on Amazon and other book sellers.

A review by Nick Hawkins of Rossini's La donna del lago staged at the Rossini Festival, Pesaro.  See here.  

Rossini's La Cenerentola  from the Opéra de Lille is available for streaming until April 13, 2017, see here 

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


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