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May 2019 issue

Russian soprano Irina Lungu prepares to sing the role of Marguerite in David McVicar’s spectacular staging of Faust at the Royal Opera House; screen legend Fanny Ardant directs her first opera; and Australian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton discusses his approach to his signature role of Siegmund.

Plus, Wagner’s legacy in Leipzig; Glyndebourne’s opera house rises to the environmental challenges of the 21st century; celebrating the bicentenary of Poland’s operatic hero Stanisław Moniuszko; opera houses of the Czech Republic; opera gets caught up in the right royal battle of Elizabethan Queens; Mozart, Gluck and the birth of modern opera; and what next for English National Opera?

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