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Pumeza Matshikiza (Photo © Decca / Simon Fowler)

FEBRUARY ISSUE

  • Cover feature
    South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza talks about the challenges that shaped her childhood in Cape Town and fuelled her determination to become a star
  • A weekend in...
    Madrid – Spain’s patrician capital offers a compelling mix of tradition, formality and all-night revelry
  • Career moves
    Robert Thicknesse confronts some of the obstacles that greet young singers as they take their first steps in the profession
  • Critical thinking
    A new series by Professor Michael Tanner, examining the philosophical and moral questions posed by some of opera’s greatest works, beginning with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Life with my voice
    Working with great conductors is the best training a singer can get, says the Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu
  • Live reviews
    Peer Gynt world premiere scores a hit for Norwegian National Opera | Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet stages superb new Gershwin show | Teatro Real excels in Britten | Best of the London colleges | More new productions in London, Munich, Essen, Basel and Bern

PLUS

  • Michael White wonders why there aren’t more operas written by women…
  • British tenor Thomas Walker limbers up for The Indian Queen at ENO

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Editorial

A huge amount of time and energy goes into nurturing young artists and cultivating new talent among singers in their 20s. Though this can be a time to absorb the basic disciplines that go into a great career, it’s rarely a good moment to launch yourself fully formed into the profession. The truth is that real talent in the opera world often doesn’t emerge until singers approach their 40s.  Before that, it’s a long, hard slog that includes an endless round of training, competitions and auditions, with the occasional low-paid job...

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