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Opera Now provides a unique and all-encompassing perspective on the international opera scene through its lively and colourful mix of news, reviews, interviews, travel articles and commentary.

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



  • Editorial
    Celebrating Strauss
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Controversial impresario Gerard Mortier dies aged 70 | Dame Kiri Te Kanawa takes her final bow at the opera | Winners of the International Opera Awards 2014 | San Diego Opera teeters on the brink of closure | and more…


  • Company of the month
    The UK’s hyper-energetic touring company Opera della Luna turns 20 this year


  • 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
  • Wine club
    Take advantage of this month’s special offer on a mixed case of wine from the heart of Germany, exclusive to readers of Opera Now
  • 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
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Strauss's Elektra


  • 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
  • New releases
    Opera on CD, DVD and Blu-ray
  • Books
    Travels With My Opera-Glasses by Anthony Ogus


  • Opera Now's international guide to the best live opera during May and June
  • PLUS Opera on TV, online and in cinemas


  • 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
  • Squillo
    Michael White meets the conductor Nicola Luisotti and learns a thing or two about the contrasting musical worlds of San Francisco and Naples…
  • Epilogue
    Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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