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March 2019 issue

English National Opera’s newly commissioned world premiere tells the story of Jack the Ripper’s victims and the society in which they lived; looking ahead to this year’s packed spring and summer programme of country house opera around the UK; Mozart’s autograph score for Così yields some surprising revelations about the opera’s storyline; and reconstructing Liszt’s lost opera Sardanapalo.

Plus, celebrating 30 years of Mid Wales Opera, one of Britain’s most enterprising grassroots opera companies; Amy Lane prepares to stage Wagner’s Ring at Longborough Festival Opera; Turin’s opera house makes a bid to revive the fortunes of composer Ferdinando Paër; actor and director Christopher Luscombe takes his first steps into the world of opera; training for singers and repetiteurs at Italy’s Georg Solti Accademia; and how did opera acquire its elitist reputation in Britain after the Great War?

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