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.


Contents List



  • Editorial
    Taking stock of 2014
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    La Monnaie's maestro resigns | Plans to revive New York City Opera | Rome dispute resolved | and more…


  • Composer of the month
    James MacMillan revisits his first opera, Inés de Castro


  • Cover feature
    She is only 27, but soprano Aida Garifullina has already made the long journey from her home in remotest Tatarstan in central Asia to starring roles at the world’s leading opera houses
  • A weekend in...
    Moscow. In spite of political upheavals, the Russian capital remains a lively spot for culture with a thriving opera scene
  • Opera landmarks
    From the Baltic coast to the Urals and across Siberia, we visit Russia’s cultural hotspots with long traditions of opera
  • A sense of adventure
    We travel from balmy Mediterranean islands and remote northern forests to steamy Oriental enclaves and American backwaters in search of opera off the beaten track
  • Travels with my opera glasses
    In his new monthly column for Opera Now, Professor Anthony Ogus shares his passion for opera from the fringes of the repertoire
  • Balkan questions
    Mired in civil war and political strife during much of their history, the Balkans are emerging as a new European frontier for tourism and culture
  • Life with my voice
    Welsh-Australian mezzo soprano Deborah Humble discusses the pros and cons of an opera career in Europe versus the Antipodes
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
  • Squillo
    Does London opera get more than its fair share of Britain’s funding cake? Michael White takes a view on the matter


  • Live reviews
    Fidelio opens La Scala’s new season| ENO’s stage premiere of new John Adams ‘Passion-oratorio’ | World premiere in Riga | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Met | More new productions in Turin, Florence, Boston, Cape Town and Chicago


  • New releases
    Opera on CD, DVD and Blu-ray


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


  • Company profile
    The Tchaikovsky International Singing Competition, Moscow
  • Epilogue
    Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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