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ONJA18_001_Cover1806OM.inddJuly/August 2018 issue

Soprano Kristine Opolais is a glamorous, rebellious artist whose no-holds-barred approach to the characters she portrays reflects a life governed by an all-consuming passion for everything she goes, on stage and off. As guest editor of this special issue of Opera Now, she explores her journey to international stardom, the stage directors who inspire her and the joys and challenges of singing Puccini.

Plus, a new competition in Austria celebrates the contribution of brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn to the art of singing; British soprano Emma Bell prepares to sing the title role in Barber’s Vanessa at Glyndebourne; Gerry Bickford celebrates 25 years working in the wardrobe department at London’s Royal Opera House; Stefan Herheim looks ahead to his new role as the boss of Austria’s Theater an der Wien; Peralada Festival in Catalonia celebrates European cultural traditions with a sense of daring and quirky individuality; and why does nobody question public subsidy for opera in Vienna?

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