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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.

Il Divo

Christmas 2014

Contents List


Opera Now was launched in the UK in 1989. In this issue we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a look at the current fortunes and future aspirations of movers and shakers in the British opera world.


  • Editorial
    Celebrating 25 years of Opera Now
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Welser-Möst quits as music director of the Vienna State Opera | Met reaches pay deal with orchestra union | Domingo extends contract at LA Opera until 2019 | and more…


  • Cover feature
    Opera North has taken the bold step of casting two young South Korean singers as the romantic leads in its new production of La traviata. We find out how the Leeds-based company is paving the way for budding talent to bloom on the world stage
  • A weekend in...
    Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city is a perfect weekend destination, with its historic harbour setting, superb modern opera house and lively night life
  • Scandinavian scenes
    Scandinavia boasts some of the world’s most spectacular settings for opera. Franz Wulf takes us on a tour from the historic opulence of Sweden’s Royal Opera to the rough-hewn grandeur of Dalhalla Festival
  • The voice of experience
    The Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill was Opera Now’s first ever cover star in 1989. Now shaping a new generation of talent at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, he discusses the changing demands of the profession over the past quarter century
  • Opera then and now
    How is opera being affected by our increasingly globalised, hi-tech world? The bosses of Britain’s national opera companies map out their vision for the future
  • The very model
    We explore the enduring appeal of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas and find out how a new generation of directors are plumbing the depths of their subversive satire
  • Absolute Max
    Roderic Dunnett marks the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a survey of the composer’s stage works
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Mozart’s Idomeneo


  • Live reviews
    Strauss at the BBC Proms | Tallinn’s Birgitta Festival turns 10 | Rossini rarities in Pesaro | UK summer festival highlights from Aldeburgh, Bampton, Buxton, Garsington, Iford and Longborough | More new productions in Beijing and Savonlinna


  • New releases
    Contemporary British repertoire from NMC’s 25th Anniversary Opera Series
  • Audiofile
    Roksan’s latest integrated amplifier gets a thumbs-up from hi-fi expert Rafael Todes


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


  • Squillo
    Michael White applauds the efforts of a European-wide initiative that’s supporting the creation and performance of new operas…
  • Epilogue
    Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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