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New Amsterdam Opera (New York) is performing a concert version of Donizetti's La favorita on June 2. See here for details.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast Verdi's Luisa Miller on Saturday, April 14  - see here - and Donizetti's Maria Stuarda on Thursday, April 19, see here.  The broadcasts are available for 30 days after initial transmission.

Boydell and Brewer are publishing an English edition of Pacini's Memoirs in July. See .  At the moment they are offering 30% discount on all their opera books. Enter discount code - BB530

The 2018 Wexford Festival will include Mercadante's Il bravo (October 21 - November 2) and a shortened version of Donizetti's Don Pasquale as part of its Shortworks programme (October 20 - November 3).  See here for details of the festival.

Dynamic are offering a  DVD (37802) and CDs (7802.02) of Meyerbeer's Margherita D'Anjou taken from the 43rd Festival della Valle d'Itria and BlueRay (57812), a DVD (37812) and CDs (7812.02)   of Donizetti's Il borgomastro di Saardam from the 2017 Donizetti Festival at Bergamo.

Review of Marshner's Hans Heiling from Essen

A review by Charles Jernigan of three concerts that took place at Bad Wildbad in 2016 and 2017 featuring  Michael Spyres, Maxim Mironov and Vittorio Prato, in concerts paying tribute to three outstanding singers of the 19th century : Adolphe Nourrit, Giovanni Battista Rubini and  Antonio Tamburini. See here

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.  

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.

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

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.

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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