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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

Round table- are there some operas that should no longer be staged

We profile the much-loved veteran soprano Roberta Alexander.

Great singers in great roles: John Tomlinson on singing Wotan, the king of the gods.

Flora Willson celebrates the bicentenary of Pauline Viardot.

Another look at Boito’s opera Nerone, as the Bregenz Festival prepares a revival.

Opera as propaganda: Erik Levi on the Dresden Staatsoper’s 1936 London residency.

Anna Maria Barry uncovers the fascinating career of the Victorian-era baritone Charles Santley.

The baritone Bo Skovhus chooses his favourite recording

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  • First Issue: February 1950
  • Latest Issue: July 2021
  • Issue Count: 931
  • Page Count: 107,373
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6707
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