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Christmas 2014


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Ji-Min Park and Hye-Youn Lee at Opera North (Photo: Richard Hubert Smith)
Ji-Min Park and Hye-Youn Lee at Opera North (Photo: Richard Hubert Smith)


Opera Now was launched in the UK in 1989. In this issue we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a look at the current fortunes and future aspirations of movers and shakers in the British opera world.

  • Cover feature
    Opera North has taken the bold step of casting two young South Korean singers as the romantic leads in its new production of La traviata. We find out how the Leeds-based company is paving the way for budding talent to bloom on the world stage
  • The voice of experience
    The Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill was Opera Now’s first ever cover star in 1989. Now shaping a new generation of talent at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, he discusses the changing demands of the profession over the past quarter century
  • Opera then and now
    How is opera being affected by our increasingly globalised, hi-tech world? The bosses of Britain’s national opera companies map out their vision for the future
  • The very model
    We explore the enduring appeal of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas and find out how a new generation of directors are plumbing the depths of their subversive satire
  • Absolute Max
    Roderic Dunnett marks the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a survey of the composer’s stage works
  • Live reviews
    Strauss at the BBC Proms | Tallinn’s Birgitta Festival turns 10 | Rossini rarities in Pesaro | UK summer festival highlights from Aldeburgh, Bampton, Buxton, Garsington, Iford and Longborough


  • Contemporary British repertoire from NMC’s 25th Anniversary Opera Series
  • Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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What lies in store for opera over the next quarter of a century? Perhaps 3D films of opera might catch on as the technology that goes into making them becomes cheaper; and holograms of complete performances might follow. Short, pithy new operas made for YouTube might proliferate. Opera made for mobile phones might supersede in grand scale productions in the opera house. On the other hand, there may be something in the notion that the more ‘technologised’ we become as a society, the more we crave real experiences.....

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