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
    Opera in Italy
  • Feedback
    Readers’ letters, emails and online posts
  • News & Notes
    La Monnaie appeals against budget cuts | Met asks stars to reduce their fees | ENO cancels Orfeo in Bristol | Mary Bevan triumphs at Rhinegold LIVE | and more…


  • Young artist focus
    Solti’s US legacy: a new residency programme for young conductors in Milwaukee


  • Cover feature
    La Scala’s new music director Riccardo Chailly tells us how he plans to steer Italy’s flagship opera company through the troubled waters of the nation’s cultural crisis
  • A weekend in...
    Milan – the commercial centre of Italy with a reputation for elegant style and high drama, both on and off the stage of La Scala
  • Opera landmarks
    Plan your own grand tour to the opera houses of northern Italy: Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence and Verona
  • Keeping score
    The distinguished publishing history of Casa Ricordi continues with the company’s new series of interactive opera arias
  • Opera on screen
    Is cinema killing opera? We find out from our panel of young experts
  • Season preview
    Highlights of the international opera season this winter and spring of 2015
  • Opera bluff
    Become an instant expert on Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel
  • Squillo
    A bit of chaos can help opera houses to function properly, says Michael White


  • Live reviews
    Opera Vlaanderen scores two new hits in Antwerp | Idomeneo at Covent Garden | Best of the London fringe | ETO’s Autumn Tour | More new productions in Beijing, Tallinn, Glasgow and Leeds


  • 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
    Landestheater Linz – a state-of-the-art new cultural centre in the heart of Austria
  • Epilogue
    Opera Now’s cryptic crossword and monthly prize draw for opera lovers

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