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Opera Now captures the drama, colour and vitality of one of the most powerful of all the performing arts. In our print and digital issues, we showcase the creative spirit of opera, both on stage and behind the scenes, with profiles of opera companies, singers, directors and designers. Our in-depth features reflect how diverse cultural elements have influenced opera, including travel, history, literature, art, architecture, politics and philosophy.
Our lively reviews and opinion pages are a platform for writers and critics drawn from all over the world. Our aim is to inspire our opera-loving readers to broaden their knowledge and deepen their passion for this fascinating and stimulating artform.
Cuban American soprano Lisette Oropesa has become one of the world’s most sought-after opera singers, building a formidable reputation in European houses. In our May/June issue, she talks to Opera Now about performing throughout the pandemic and recording her debut album of Mozart concert arias.
Elsewhere, we celebrate the centenary of the legendary tenor Franco Corelli with a look at his stellar career on film and in the recording studio; Italian director Damiano Michieletto discusses sex, violence and his new production of Ká’ta Kabanová at Glyndebourne; mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey on what opera tells us about tyranny; and marking the 200th anniversary of Der Freischütz, the first Romantic opera.
Plus, baritone Sir Thomas Allen on the pleasures of life beyond opera; Andrew D Edwards introduces his stylish designs for a new production of La Cenerentola at The Grange this summer; how opera companies are inventing and adapting venues for pandemic conditions; young artist Jennifer French on tackling fiendishly difficult scores and creating complex characters; and in the last of our series on the changes that the pandemic has wrought on opera, we take stock of some of the main developments that will continue to affect the artform over the decades ahead.