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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.

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Contents List



  • Editorial
    Season openers
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Santa Fe Opera announces Steve Jobs commission | Jonas Kaufmann warns against Decca release | WNO appoints new managing director | Auto-translating opera glasses trialled in Avignon | and more…


  • Playing the hero
    The New Orleans-born tenor Bryan Hymel describes his steady and fearless ascent to the treacherously high peaks of 19th-century French opera
  • A postcard from...
    Oslo – Norway’s laid-back but culturally vibrant capital
  • Thrills and trills
    We look in on rehearsals for Gothenburg’s new Hitchcock-inspired Notorious
  • Behind the mask
    Danish conductor Michael Schønwandt celebrates the operas of Carl Nielsen
  • Ladies first
    The earliest-known opera by a woman composer comes to Brighton
  • Seasonal riches
    Opera Now’s raft of international correspondents introduce their pick of the autumn-winter season
  • Pure moves
    WNO music director Carlo Rizzi explores the pathos of Bellini’s I puritani
  • Screen test
    Metropolitan Opera general director Peter Gelb looks ahead to the company’s 10th season of cinema relays
  • Travels with my opera glasses
    Anthony Ogus visits Malmö and Copenhagen
  • Critical thinking
    Love, freedom and fate in Bizet’s Carmen
  • Squillo
    It’s a good sign that opera still has the power to shock, says Michael White
  • Comment
    Robert Thicknesse considers the real reasons for the recent boos at Covent Garden


  • Live reviews
    UK festival reviews from Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park, Iford, Longbourgh, Bampton and Nevill Holt | Jin Xiang’s Sunrise premieres at the NCPA in Beijing | Central City presents a slimmed-down summer season | Handel in Germany | and more...
  • Going for gold
    Competition reports from Moscow, Amsterdam and London


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


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


    • Epilogue
      Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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