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. It is managed by an elected committee.
Membership entitles you to receive the regular Newsletter that is mailed out in February, June and October.
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
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)
Chairman - Professor Alexander Weatherson, London, UK - email@example.com
Secretary - Mr. Pip Clayton, 146 Bordesley Road,
Morden, Surrey SM4 5LT, UK,
Treasurer - Alan Jackson, 94 Alton Road, Roehampton,
London SW15 4NS -
Assistant Newsletter Editor - Douglas M. Bennett, Oxford, UK - firstname.lastname@example.org
Press and Public Relations - Fulvio S. Lo Presti, Brussels, Belgium
German representative - Dr. Geerd Heinsen, Berlin, Germany - email@example.com
Italian representative - Giacomo Branca, Ferrara, Italy
US representative - Thea Cook, New York, USA
Membership Terms and Conditions
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 June, October and February.
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.