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September 2019 issue

Award-winning mezzo Wallis Giunta brings a fresh approach to the operatic tradition with her luminous, versatile voice; Opera North’s new production explores the plight of refugees; discussing the complex and unknowable character of Don Giovanni with some of his greatest interpreters, past and present; and is rivalry between singers good for opera?

Plus, Elizabeth Llewellyn on her unconventional journey towards a major career as a soprano and her forthcoming Met debut; how the traditional Spanish art form zarzuela juxtaposes lyrical arias with spoken dialogue, dance and humour; English Touring Opera’s season of Singspiel; Sicily’s capital city enjoys a long-awaited operatic renaissance; summer festival reviews; the enterprising and inclusive Arcadian Opera; and celebrated fashion designer Bruce Oldfield on his passion for opera.

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