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Contents for Opera Now

Photo by Mat Hennek / Decca
Riccardo Chailly (Photo by Mat Hennek / Decca)


  • Cover feature
    La Scala’s new music director Riccardo Chailly tells us how he plans to steer Italy’s flagship opera company through the troubled waters of the nation’s cultural crisis
  • Keeping score
    The distinguished publishing history of Casa Ricordi continues with the company’s new series of interactive opera arias
  • A weekend in...
    Milan – the commercial centre of Italy with a reputation for elegant style and high drama, both on and off the stage of La Scala
  • Opera on screen
    Is cinema killing opera? We find out from our panel of young experts
  • Squillo
    A bit of chaos can help opera houses to function properly, says Michael White
  • Live reviews
    Opera Vlaanderen scores two new hits in Antwerp | Idomeneo at Covent Garden | Best of the London fringe | ETO’s Autumn Tour | More new productions in Beijing, Tallinn, Glasgow and Leeds


  • Highlights of the international opera season this winter and spring of 2015
  • Focus on the Landestheater Linz

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It may be the historic birthplace of opera, but these days, Italy is looking increasingly as if it might turn into an operatic graveyard. The culture minister Dario Franceschini recently delivered a warning in the starkest terms that Italy’s 14 entirely publicly funded opera houses are too many for the State to look after. We’re talking about a country where opera isn’t a mere cultural add-on, but part of the nation’s heritage, woven into the fabric of its identity...

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