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April 2020 issue

Piotr Beczała, one of the finest lyric tenors of our day, prepares for a new chapter in his singing career exploring all the passion and drama of verismo; remembering the enchanting soprano Mirella Freni who brought immense natural charm and lyrical beauty to every role she sang; Mascarade Opera Studio offer a new approach to training young singers; and how opera is coping with the chaos of lockdown.

Plus, how German director Claus Guth brings humanity and insight to the operas he stages; Grange Park Opera’s world premiere of an opera about the infamous murder of Alexander Litvinenko; our guide to the best recordings of Lehár’s The Merry Widow; the surprising winner of this year’s Glyndebourne Cup; world renowned perfumer Roja Dove on his passion for opera; and how useful are opera competitions?

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