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Read about new productions, festivals, performance previews and world premieres, as well as reviews of all the latest opera CDs, DVDs, books, websites and films.

With our mixture of celebrity interviews, leadership profiles and behind-the-scenes features, you'll appreciate the diversity, passion and dynamism of the people who make opera happen. It is the global platform for opera, reaching out to opera lovers worldwide, but also into the heart of the industry from the grassroots to the glamorous.


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Contents List

SEPTEMBER ISSUE

FRONT OF HOUSE

  • Editorial
    State of play in the new opera season
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Legendary Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi dies aged 90 | Labour dispute rages at New York’s Met | 50,000 items of opera memorabilia to go under the hammer | and more…

MAIN STAGE

  • Cover feature
    ‘The Maltese tenor’ Joseph Calleja, aged 36, is already a firm favourite on the international opera scene. He shares some candid thoughts on the growing demands on opera singers in a busy modern world
  • In the South
    We complete our survey of opera in the great wine regions of the world with a visit to Southwest France – the market garden of the nation, with its operatic ecosystem rooted in Toulouse, Montpellier, Bordeaux and the festivals of Aix and Orange
  • Wine club
    Take advantage of this month’s special offer on a mixed case of wine from Bordeaux, exclusive to readers of Opera Now
  • Season preview
    Our correspondents bring you the highlights of the 2014/15 international opera season, from regional touring productions across the UK to grand stagings at the world’s major houses
  • Fish tales
    Simon Rees visits the Norwegian island of Røst, where a 15th-century shipwreck that transformed the fortunes of the local fishing community is being celebrated in a new opera
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Beethoven’s Fidelio
  • Intermezzo
    Nicholas Cleobury, artistic director of Mid Wales Opera, introduces the company’s 25th anniversary tour, which takes a fresh look at an old favourite…

THE CRITICAL VIEW

  • Live reviews
    Wagner’s Ring in Erl, Austria | Handel festivals in Göttingen and Halle | Verdi’s Reqiuem gets a sublime staging in Quebec | US summer highlights from Santa Fe, St Louis, Spoleto and Caramoor | Aix-en-Provence Festival | Rotterdam Opera Days
  • New releases
    Opera on CD, DVD and Blu-ray

 SPOTLIGHT

  • Opera Now's international guide to the best live performances this autumn
  • PLUS Opera on TV, online and in cinemas

BACK STAGE

  • Company profile
    Opera Philadelphia – a company with an illustrious pedigree and big plans for the future, including a series of new initiatives to preserve and celebrate the great history of opera in the city
  • Squillo
    Michael White explores the fallout from Glyndebourne’s ‘Chubbygate’ scandal and wonders if there are some subjects that critics would be wise to avoid…
  • Epilogue
    Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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