Tanti Auguri Gaetano Donizetti!

Today is the great composer Donizetti’s 215th birthday, which is obviously something that must be celebrated.

See, Mozart’s pretty excited. But what about the birthday boy himself?

Not really. Oh well. Let’s forget about that not-so-successful party (yes Wolfgang, that means put down the cupcake, the party’s over, glad you enjoyed it, don’t worry, we’ll have another one soon, I promise) and look at what many consider to be Donizetti’s finest work: Lucia di Lammermoor. This opera is particularly special to this blog because (drum roll) we are named after the most famous scene from it – Lucia’s great mad scene, Il dolce suono. So please enjoy the brilliant Joan Sutherland singing this and I hope that this post may have lightened up a few dull November evenings!