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Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848)

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Year of birth1797
Year of death1848
April 2018
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MilanDon PasqualeNew Production

Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Riccardo Chailly; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Ambrogio Maestri; Rosa Feola

ZürichMaria StuardaNew Production

Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Enrique Mazzola; David Alden; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Serena Farnocchia; Diana Damrau

MunichLucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
Friedrich Haider; Christof Loy; Bavarian State Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Edita Gruberová; Teresa Iervolino

LondonRussian Opera Gala

Russian Opera Gala
Rachmaninov, Bizet, Handel, Verdi, Arensky, Mozart, Glière, Puccini, Donizetti, Traditional Russian, Di Lazzaro, Denza, Rimsky-Korsakov
Unknown; Graham Owen Jones; Vasily Gerello; Larissa Gergieva; Irina Chernova; Larisa Rudakova

ViennaL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Pavel Baleff; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Valentina Naforniţă; Paolo Fanale; Gabriel Bermúdez
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David Alden's new Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda is perhaps most famous for a single and highly emotional scene in which two monarchs engage in a venomous confrontation. One is doomed to die. 
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Don Pasquale, or, The Revenge of the Dead Mother

Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Director Davide Livermore sets the story at the time of the Dolce Vita, including the motorbike from the film Roman Holiday and the roadster from The Easy Life.
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Rare Donizetti opera buffa revived in Bergamo

Il borgomastro di Saardam © Gianfranco Rota
Absent from theatres for more than a century and a half, Donizetti's comedy about Tsar Peter the Great is revived in the composer's home town.
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Barton shines in La Favorite in Madrid

Javier Camarena and Jamie Barton © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Jamie Barton stole the show in a lacklustre concert performance in Madrid.
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Devastating Lucia revival at Covent Garden

Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Issues that cropped up in the first run of Mitchell's production have been ironed out. In the hands of a strong cast, a chilling interpretation of Donizetti's masterpiece.
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