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Composer: Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848)

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Year of birth1797
Year of death1848
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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MunichLa Favorite

La Favorite
Donizetti: La Favorite
Giacomo Sagripanti; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Alexander Müller-Elmau; Kirsten Dephoff; Clémentine Margaine; Matthew Polenzani

LeipzigLucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Anthony Bramall; Katharina Thalbach; Oper Leipzig; Momme Röhrbein; Angelika Rieck; Mathias Hausmann; Anna Virovlansky

BudapestLucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Balázs Kocsár; Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Ildikó Tihanyi; Mihály Kalmandy; Csaba Szegedi; Erika Miklósa

TokyoL'elisir d'amore

L'elisir d'amore
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Guillermo García Calvo; Cesare Lievi; New National Theatre; Luigi Perego; Marina Luxardo; Lucy Crowe; Saimir Pirgu

MilanDon PasqualeNew Production

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Riccardo Chailly; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Ambrogio Maestri; Rosa Feola
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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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.
****1
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Odyssey Opera presents L’assedio di Calais

James Westman (Eustachio) © Kathy Wittman
Odyssey Opera gives the US première of the original three-act version of L'assedio di Calais, with every note Donizetti wrote in 1836.
****1
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Minnesota Opera Don Pasquale “goes Hollywood”

Craig Colclough (Don Pasquale) and Andrew Wilkowske (Dr Malatesta) © Dan Norman
Don Pasquale is updated to 1950s Hollywood, delivering clever staging and slapstick humor while sacrificing none of Donizetti's musical artistry.
****1
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