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The August issue of Opera Now celebrates the genius of Giuseppe Verdi.

In a special focus on the composer and his music, we visit the city of Parma, home to a major annual festival that bears his name and celebrates his work; Michael Tanner explores Verdi’s place in the development of Italian opera in the 19th century and his innovative role in modernising the art form; we hear from some of Verdi’s finest exponents, from Carlo Maria Giulini to Leontyne Price, and revisit their classic recordings that give a vivid illustration of their approach to his music; Helena Matheopoulos discovers the affinity between Verdi and Shakespeare and their shared theatrical genius; and making the case for Simon Boccanegra, one of Verdi’s most distinctive and finely wrought scores that deserves our attention.

Elsewhere, Baroque specialist George Petrou discusses the new production of Giustino, the first Vivaldi opera to be performed at the unique Baroque theatre in Drottningholm, Sweden, which he will be conducting and directing; Brindley Sherratt, one of Britain’s most distinguished operatic basses, shares his Favourite Things; Mozart and Da Ponte in San Francisco; outrage at Munich’s provocative Les Troyens; Jakub Józef Orlinksy on film; and much more.

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