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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.
Texan baritone Scott Hendricks – known for his fearless, gritty interpretations of some of opera’s most complex villains – discusses his eclectic music tastes, from Hard Rock to Rigoletto; how five international finalists battled to be crowned this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World; introducing the Rossini Festival’s new boss; and how director Barrie Kosky is shaking up the opera world.
Plus, Iford Opera finds a new home; the life and career of legendary soprano Heather Harper; Darwin Prakash’s roller-coaster journey from his home in Delhi to the great opera stages of Europe; China’s long march to operatic glory; opera staging past and present in Berlin, Frankfurt and Bielefeld; summer festival reviews; and looking ahead to season openers for 2019/2020.