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The Society's History

The Donizetti Society was formed in the UK in 1973 by a group of musicians, scholars and enthusiasts to promote interest, learning and understanding of the works of Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), his teacher, Giovanni Simone Mayr (1763-1845) and in the operatic life of their times. It has an international reputation and membership and seeks to draw together those people whose passionate concern is the rediscovery of lost, forgotten and neglected music of this era. The Society aims to support and encourage artists and scholars who work in this field, as well as provide the enthusiast with information on the music, recordings, books and performance venues. 

The Donizetti Society is associated with the Fondazione Donizetti di Bergamo, which is currently organising the Donizetti Critical Edition (Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Gaetano Donizetti) and has artistic links with a number of Italian Theatres. Although UK based, the Society operates wherever there is an interest in Italian opera of the first half of the nineteenth-century; it undertakes to advise on matters of availability of musical material and libretti, supplying the necessary references for both performance and enjoyment at all levels. In the past, it has both sponsored and help fund performances and projects. The committee members are listed below.



Membership entitles you to receive the regular Newsletter that is mailed out in March, July and November.

The Newsletter covers current revivals, recordings and publications, gives information about rare composers and events, and includes short articles on all points of operatic interest for enthusiasts and experts alike.  Money from membership also enables the Society to give assistance to performances and projects connected with the operatic life of this era and to engage in a number of original projects, notably publishing, on an occasional basis, the Donizetti Society Journal.

People joining part way through a membership year, which runs from April to March, get the back numbers of the Newsletters for that year.

Payment may be made by:-

       Sterling cheque using the form found here
       Credit card or Paypal account using Paypal's secure online facility below.


Membership Rates

For addresses in UK Rest of Europe Rest of World
outside of Europe
April 2019 - March 2020

20 GB Pounds

25 GB Pounds

27 GB Pounds


See below for the terms and conditions. For further information or questions on membership or for customer service, please contact the Society's treasurer, Alan Jackson (see below)


The Society's Committee

Chairman - Professor Alexander Weatherson, London, UK -

Secretary - Mr. Pip Clayton, 146 Bordesley Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 5LT, UK,
          Telephone 00 44 (0)20 8648 9364

Treasurer - Alan Jackson, 94 Alton Road, Roehampton, London SW15 4NS -
          Telephone: 00 44 (0)20 8788 9495

Press and Public Relations - Fulvio S. Lo Presti, Brussels, Belgium

German representative - Dr. Geerd Heinsen, Berlin, Germany -

Italian representative - Giacomo Branca, Ferrara, Italy

US representative - Charles Jernigan, Loveland, Colorado, USA -


Membership Terms and Conditions

Delivery Policy

Provided an email address or (for UK members) a telephone number is received with a subscription payment, an acknowledgement will be sent within 7 days of completion of the subscription transaction, except if the Treasurer is away on holiday, when it will be dealt with on his return. The Society’s Newsletter is posted each July, November and March.

Cancellation/Return/Refund Policy

Subscriptions will only be refunded for unused years of a three year subscription.   Any application must be made prior to the start of a new Society year (April- March) and  an administration fee of five pounds will be charged.

Privacy Policy

In the light of the General Data Protection Regulations introduced in May 2018 we have revisited our Privacy Policy.

The Donizetti Society maintains membership records on a personal computer. These records comprise name and postal address, and where members have provided them, telephone number and email address. These are used for addressing envelopes, recording payments and contacting members. We never share any of this data with third parties. If any member objects to the Society’s holding of such personal data please inform the Treasurer and their personal data will be removed from the computer records. The Society holds no financial details once a membership transaction has been completed. Payments made through the Paypal secure online facility are subject to the Paypal privacy policy.