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Contents for Opera Now

Omer Meir Wellber
Omer Meir Wellber


  • Cover feature
    Fresh from conducting Strauss’s Guntram in Dresden, the Israeli-born conductor Omer Meir Wellber shares his thoughts on everything from Mozart recitatives to the sacred scriptures that inform his idiosyncratic understanding of music
  • The heart of Germany
    Packed with some of Germany’s most historic towns and greatest cultural centres such as Dresden and Leipzig, Saxony and the rolling countryside of Saale-Unstrut are a magnet for lovers of opera and wine. We explore some of the region’s highlights
  • Strauss and his divas
    Richard Strauss pushed the boundaries of singing to extremes in roles such as Salome, Elektra and Zerbinetta. We celebrate the art of the finest Straussian sopranos of the past century
  • Birtwistle at 80
    Harrison Birtwistle has been a major figure in the British opera scene for nearly five decades. We assess his operatic legacy as he crosses an important milestone in his long, productive life
  • Company profile
    Sofia Opera – Bulgaria’s national opera company has an illustrious history and big plans for the future, including a forthcoming new production of Wagner’s Ring
  • Live reviews
    Reimann’s Ghost Sonata scores a hit at its world premiere in Frankfurt | Diverse stagings of Handel in London and Antwerp | Round-ups from Tuscany, Paris and the London fringe | Focus on Germany | New productions in Stockholm and Reykjavik
  • Spotlight
    Opera Now's international guide to the best live performances this spring


  • Become an instant expert on Strauss's Elektra
  • Michael White meets the conductor Nicola Luisotti and learns a thing or two about the contrasting musical worlds of San Francisco and Naples…

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The season of awards ceremonies is upon us. In recent weeks, in quick succession, we’ve seen the International Opera Awards (IOA) putting on the glitz for a second year running; the BBC Music Awards, drawing attention to the extraordinary richness and variety of classical music on record; and the Olivier Awards highlighting the successes of London’s Theatreland...

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