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.


Christmas 2014

Contents List



  • Editorial
    La Divina’s legacy
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    Rome Opera sacks chorus and orchestra | Vienna Philharmonic wins Birgit Nilsson Prize | Welsh National Opera launches 70th anniversary season | and more…


  • Artist of the month
    British soprano Mary Bevan


  • Cover feature
    We head to London’s Abbey Road Studios to hear the newly remastered studio recordings of Maria Callas
  • The dazzling diva
    In an extract from his recent book on style icons, author Vincent Meylan assesses the qualities that marked Callas out as unique
  • Wine club
    Take advantage of this month’s special offer on a mixed case of wine from Bordeaux
  • High fliers
    Our correspondents pick their top ten sopranos from a new generation of budding stars
  • A weekend in...
    Hamburg – a city built on shipping that boasts one of the richest and most varied cultural scenes in Germany
  • Opera landmarks
    We follow the shifting fortunes of four of Germany’s most historic opera houses: Munich, Dresden, Stuttgart and Nuremberg
  • Life with my voice
    Anna Prohaska discusses her new recording of songs inspired by war
  • A sorry state
    Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri on the industry storm that nearly ended her career
  • American originals
    Heidi Waleson looks forward to a promising season of world premieres across the US
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Verdi’s Il trovatore
  • Squillo
    Michael White examines the pros and cons of opera al fresco


  • Live reviews
    ‘Liberty or Death!’ at Welsh National Opera | Verdi in London and Leeds | Round-ups from France, Germany and the London fringe | More new productions in New York, Melbourne and Beijing


  • 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


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

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