The opera lover's essential guide
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.
Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is among the most engaging singers in opera today. Immersed in theatre from an early age, he tells Opera Now how he strives for dramatic authenticity, thrilling audiences with his insights into some of opera’s most psychologically complex characters. Plus, Yukiko Kishinami reports from the 25th anniversary of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, transforming the fortunes of opera in Japan; composer Alexander Raskatov shares some of his thoughts on the genesis of his latest opera, Animal Farm, and the historical and personal influences that have informed his approach to adapting George Orwell’s classic satire into a provocative opera; Ben Woodward, artistic director of Regents Opera, describes the challenges he faced in making a new orchestral reduction of Wagner’s Ring; Colin Clarke applauds a hidden gem of the French Baroque in an Italian guise: Francesco Sacrati’s La finta pazza, reviewed in performance and on disc; Korean baritone Gihoon Kim, the current title-holder of Cardiff Singer of the World, explains how a traditional Korean mask keeps him smiling; The Hours at the Met; Donizetti Festival report; reviews of the latest recordings and new book releases; and our Worldwide Opera Guide to the best upcoming performances.