Opera Rara have released their recording of Les Martyrs. See here for Alan Jackson's review of the concert performance that followed the recording. They are also organising a talk on The Prima Donna and Opera on May 21 (see here for details) and a concert performance of Leoncavallo's Zazà at the Barbican on November 27. They are also appealing for funds to record the two complete acts of Le Duc d'Albe, see here.
A rather intriguing CD of variations on tunes from Donizetti, Bellini and Mercadante operas for natural horn by Jacques-François Gallay will shortly be available. For details of a tour in connection with it and excerpts go to http://www.annekescott.com/songsoflove
BBC Radio 3 broadcast Bellini's La Straniera on April 16. It is available for 30 days. Verdi's Ernani and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor are currently available here for a week or so yet.
Hayes Philharmonic Choir will be singing Macfarren's cantata, Mayday, as well as other 19th century English choral music, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. See here for details
The Society chairman has now started his own web site that includes a list of his articles, some of which can be downloaded. See http://alexander.weatherson.info
Newsletter 124 is now available.
Articles by Charles Jernigan on the Opera Southwest production of Faccio's Amleto (see here ) and the Bergamo Festival's productions of Donizetti's Torquato Tasso and Betly (see here ) are now available.
Opera Nostalgia concentrates on past singers and performances. It has a host of useful links including http://www.katani.nl/english.html where you can find an English translation of Pacini's Le
mie memorie artistiche
opera books include Kenneth
Pasta, Philip Eisenbeiss's
Canto Bully, Dan Marek's Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto
Tenors: History and Technique, Barbara Kendall-Davies's Volume
2 of Pauline Viardot
and Andrew Everett's Josephine's