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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
    Opera’s New Year resolutions
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Kasper Holten to quit Covent Garden | Cuts hit Royal Danish Theatre | English National Opera Chorus under threat | Director Luc Bondy dies aged 67 | Joyce DiDonato launches newsletter for young fans | Sony Classical signs Pretty Yende | and more…


  • Funny business
    The Italian bass-baritone Paolo Bordogna is on a mission to elevate the art of the basso buffo, bringing out the humanity and pathos in characters who tend to be dismissed as buffoons
  • Boy wonders
    Opera Now puts the spotlight on ten of the most promising baritones in a new generation of young talent
  • Sheer imperfection
    The off-key singing of Florence Forster Jenkins attracted legions of adoring fans. We contemplate the reasons for her enduring appeal
  • A weekend in...
    Warsaw – Poland’s dynamic capital city offers a beguiling mix of historic charm, Communist-era functionalism and ultramodern verve
  • Travel preview
    Opera Now’s globetrotting correspondents offer their pick of the most rewarding experiences of opera around the world, from the Arctic to the Andes
  • Travels with my opera glasses
    Anthony Ogus straddles the border between eastern Germany and the Czech Republic
  • Critical thinking
    Opera’s most memorable love duets – and what they really tell us about passion
  • Squillo
    Michael White gets hot under the collar about Puccini’s ‘Overcoat’ aria


  • Live reviews
    Chailly triumphs at the opening of his first season in Milan | Covent Garden’s new Cav & Pag marks a return to form | Bel Canto premieres in Chicago | Round-up from the London fringe | New productions from Bergen to Warsaw | and more…


    • New releases
      Opera on CD, DVD and Blu-ray
    • Audiofile
      Turn your smartphone into a hi-fi with the Chord Mojo


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


    • Company profile
      La Monnaie/De Munt – Brussels’ award-wining Royal Theatre with a reputation for constant innovation
    • Epilogue
      Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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