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On February 26, 1978, the Donizetti Society part sponsored a concert performance of Donizetti's Pia De'Tolomei at the Queen Elizabeth's Hall.  Stanley Henig has kindly provided an image of the opening pages of the programme including autographs of 6 of the participants. 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.

See here for an article by Charles Jernigan reviewing the cinema showing of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux from the Met on April 18.

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 ( 37742) and Bluray ( 57742) of Rossini's La Gazzetta from Liege.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast Boito's Mefistofele on May 12 (see here), Lucia di Lammermoor on May 14 (see here) and Rossini's Otello on April 28 (see here).  They will be available online for 30 days after initial transmission..  

Lucia Comments and photographs from the Royal Opera House, London, production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor 

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

Photographs and comment on English National Opera's recent production of Bellini's Norma. See here.     Comment and photographs from English Touring Opera's current production of Donizetti's Pia De' Tolomei   Pia

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".

Newsletter 127 is now available. Two articles from Newsletter 126 have been put online.  They are "Donizetti compositore e...patriota?"by Mario Villani (here) discussing Donizetti's patriotism and "Une ténébreuse affaire or worse: the fate of an opera by Constantino Palumbo" by Alexander Weatherson (here) outlining the disappearance of the opera Pier Luigi Farnese.  Articles from Newsletters 49-66 (February 1990 - September 1995) have been made available online, see here and here. Selections from earlier newsletters are already online.

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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