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Described as "the bible of the industry" (The Daily Telegraph), OPERA has been the world’s leading commentator on the lyric stage for nearly 70 years.  Founded in 1950 by the late Lord Harewood, we continue to provide unrivalled coverage of events through a mixture of reviews (live performances, recordings, books, CDs and DVDs), features and analysis, plus listings of all major opera houses and events worldwide.  Our long-standing editors – Harold Rosenthal, Rodney Milnes and, since 2000, John Allison – have ensured continuity and our editorial board is made up of the most distinguished opera critics from Britain’s national newspapers.  Though London-based, we have a network of international correspondents, covering performances from every corner of the globe.

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Latest Issue

This month’s cover features Karita Mattila starring in Covid fan tutte in Helsinki, it’s one of many live reviews we publish in this issue as theatres find ways of reopening their doors.

Also in November issue

-A profile of the Danish bass-baritone John Reuter

-Great singers in the great roles: Sherrill Milnes on being Rigoletto

-English Touring Opera’s James Conway on rethinking the season

-Singing Tristan and Isolde: Ben Heppner, Stuart Skelton, Jane Eaglen and Christine Goerke

-Remembering Frederick Corder, composer and early English Wagnerian

-Changing fashions: Meyerbeer and Gounod

-A Malcolm Arnold opera is recorded

-Schiller and Italian opera

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  • First Issue: February 1950
  • Latest Issue: November 2020
  • Issue Count: 873
  • Page Count: 102,217
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6707
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