A gesture of friendship

We have received the following translation of an article in Corriere della Sera from friend of RossiniAmerica, Luca Damaschi. It is a review of the historic recital by Juan Diego Florez at La Scala. Luca was kind enough… Read More

Teaching Rossini in America

As a life long lover of Rossini and an annual visitor to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, I have been pleased at the growing interest in Rossini’s serious operas in the United States.  Around the time of… Read More

Curtain Call for Met’s La Donna Del Lago

Here are some thoughts about the HD transmission seen throughout the world, of this historic ( 1st time at the Met) performances, from our contributor Charles Jernigan.

It’s not just about “Tanti Affetti” – The music of “La Donna del Lago”

Opera audiences at the time of the composition of La Donna del Lago held surprising sway over what actually appeared on stage. We are used to the stereotypes of hapless singers being ridiculed by fickle audiences who may… Read More

Scott, Tottola, and Rossini, the “Fathers” of La Donna del Lago.

Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem,”The Lady of the Lake” was published in 1810. It quickly became very popular, so much so that when the American abolitionist, Frederik Douglass escaped from slavery in 1836, he adopted his new surname… Read More


Below is a slightly edited review by Charles Jernigan, of the Pesaro 2013 performance of La donna del Lago, as well as performances at Covent Garden and Santa Fe during the same summer!! Thanks,as always,to Pro.Jernigan for his… Read More

Review of Armida

We thank Charles Jernigan for this insightful review. Be sure to read Prof. Jernigan’s opera journal at www.operapronto.info. FIVE TENORS, ONE GIRL AND A DESERT ISLAND: ARMIDA COMES TO PESARO The “big” opera at this year’s Rossini Opera… Read More

Il Barbiere di Siviglia 2014 Review

Il Barbiere di Siviglia – ROF 2014 From Charles Jernigan’s review – with many thanks Because of Italy’s budget crisis (the country recently fell into recession for the second time since 2008), the Festival, in common with almost… Read More