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Lucia Comments and photographs from the Edinburgh Festival staging of Bellini's Norma starring Cecilia Bartoli 

Comments and photographs from the Buxton Festival's productions of Beethoven's Leonore and Bellini's I Capuletti e i Montecchi  

Lucia Comments and photographs from the Rome Opera production of Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix 

Newsletter 128 is now available. In Newsletter 127, Alan Jackson made the interesting speculation as to whether anything might be deduced about singing styles from looking at Liszt's piano transcriptions of certain bel canto operas.  His article can be found here. Note that all the major Newsletter articles up to Newsletter 69 (October 1996) are now available online.  Go to and then to relevant link.

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 last year.  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.

A new website dedicated to Pacini has been created -  It includes excerpts from Pacini operas, a list of his works, articles on Pacini and a translation of  his Le mie memorie artistiche.

A group of enthusiasts have opened up an exhibition on the life of the 19th and early 20th century soprano, Adelina Patti, in the game larder of her former home at Craig-y-Nos in the Brecon Beacons.  The exhibition is now open should you be in the area.  The web page on the exhibition ( adelina_patti_exhibition ) includes a documentary on Patti with some interesting photographs and short excerpts of her singing. 

Dynamic have issued a DVD (37760)) of L'inganno felice from Wildbad. Other recent offerings include DVD ( 37742) and Bluray ( 57742) of Rossini's La Gazzetta from Liege and a CD (CDS7735) and a DVD (37735) of Mayr's Medea in Corinto from the 2015 Festival della Valle d'Itria.   

Opera Rara have released their recording of Donizetti's Le Duc d'Albe, see here. Richard Morrison's 4 star Times review (26 February 2016) says: "Opera Rara, freed from the need to present a coherent dramatic spectacle on stage, here presents the original torso with the minimum of tampering. Good decision: there’s enough first-rate Donizetti here to justify this approach". Alan Jackson reviewed the recording in Newsletter 128

Opera Rara/ the BBC will be performing Rossini's Semiramide at the BBC Proms on September 4.

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

There are new books out on the Victorian conductor Michael Costa and on sopranos Leyla Gencer and Beverly Sills. Recent opera books include Kenneth Stern's Giuditta Pasta, Philip Eisenbeiss's Bel Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique  and Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume 2 of Pauline Viardot.


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