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 ON0618_001_Cover_16105BWM.inddJune 2018 issue

British soprano Claire Rutter describes how illness and adversity have informed her artistry and led her to discover a new sense of self-esteem and a determination to succeed; Barbara Hannigan talks to George Benjamin about the world premiere of his Lessons in Love and Violence at London’s Royal Opera House; and should the physical attributes of opera singers have any bearing on casting?


Plus, Sir Mark Elder prepares for the world premiere of Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida; Allan Clayton on creating the role of Hamlet in Brett Dean’s Glyndebourne opera; redefining the experience of music at Florence’s fun-filled New Generation Festival; conductor Fergus Sheil takes the helm of Ireland’s first national opera company; Verdi’s birthplace in northern Italy offers a plethora of cultural and gastronomic delights; and smartphone etiquette at the opera house.

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