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The Royal Opera are doing a concert performance of Donizetti's unperformed opera L'Ange de Nisida on July 18 & 21. See here for the story on how the opera has been brought back to life.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia from Geneva on January 18 (see here), Mosè in Egitto from the Bregenz Festival on January 25 (see here) and Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with Pretty Yende from New York on February 10, see here. They will be broadcasting Bellini's Il pirata from last year's Caramoor Festival on Thursday, February 22 at 14.00 (UK time). See here . Broadcasts are usually available for 30 days after initial transmission.

Dynamic are offering DVDs (37802) and CDs (7802.02) of Meyerbeer's Margherita D'Anjou taken from the 43rd Festival della Valle d'Itria.

Will Crutchfield has moved his bel canto operations from Caramoor to a new venture, Teatro Nuovo, based at the Performing Arts Center at the State University of New York at Purchase, New York State.  See here for Crutchfield's announcement.  Their first festival will take place from July 28 to August 5 and includes Rossini's Tancredi, Mayr's Medea in Corinto and a version of Tancredi incorporating music Rossini wrote for revivals. See here for details.

Newsletter 133 is now available. Alan Jackson's review of two CDs from Opera Rara: Michael Spyres' Espoir  and  Joyce El-Khoury's Écho has been added here. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 102 (October 2007) are now available online.  Go to and then to the relevant link.

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

Victorian Opera Northwest are looking for subscribers to help fund a recording of Cellier's Dorothy with Majella Cullagh and conducted by Richard Bonynge. See here for details.

Review by Alan Jackson of Rossini's Semiramide at Covent Garden, its first production there since 1887. See here

Two rarities coming up. The Theater für Niedersachsen, Hildesheim, is giving the German premiere of Donizetti's Adelia on March 4, 10 and 17. See here. The Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik is staging Mercadante's Didone on August 10, 12 and 14. See here.

Review by Charles Jernigan of the US premiere of Foroni's Margherita from the 2017 Wexford Festival. His reviews of Donizetti's La Zingara by Amore Opera, New York, and L'assedio di Calais by Odyssey Opera, Boston, can be found here.

RTÉ Lyric FM are broadcasting Cherubini's Medea, Foroni's Margherita and Alfano's Risurrezione. You can also catch their October 14 broadcast of Robert O'Dwyer's Eithne, the first opera to an Irish language libretto.  See .

Routledge have just published Kurt Gänzl's, Victorian Vocalists.  It's a collection of lively biographies of 100 Victorian singers from different countries and backgrounds but all of whom have some connection through singing opera in London. Written in Kurt's inimitable, chatty style it is very readable and a mine of information although without references or index if you wanted to follow up on any point. The printed edition comes in at a hefty £185, although it is available from various sources at around £150. The e-book version is much cheaper at under £36. The singers covered are listed here.

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.

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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