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08 Dec 2008

Parisina at the Festival Hall

Hilary Finch [Times Online, 8 December 2008]

Beware the green-eyed monster! Azzo, Duke of Ferrara, had rather more cause for his jealousy than Otello; but Donizetti’s rarely performed “melodramma”, composed half a century before Verdi’s opera, does have its pre-echoes, and it was one of the greatest successes of Donizetti’s lifetime.

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