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.
In the October edition of Opera Now, we speak to Michael Spyres about his boundary-breaking career as one of the greatest bel canto singers of our time; opera director Oliver Mears reveals his artistic vision for the Royal Opera House in an exclusive interview; and Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin reflects on leadership, casting and the future of opera as he enters his second season as music director at the Met.
Plus, author and historian Orlando Figes traces opera’s rise in 19th-century Russia; soprano Nina Minasyan on how her Armenian cultural roots have shaped her voice; iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes celebrates 50 years of creating strikingly original costumes; the challenges of composing opera for children; the final of the 27th Operalia competition; and our Q&A with Nicholas Payne, director of Opera Europa.