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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

-We profile the soprano Golda Schultz as she prepares to sing Agathe in Munich
-Exploding the operatic canon: Jonathan Cross argues for a fresh approach to repertoire
-Verdi, Chopin and tuberculosis: David Kasunic listens to La traviata in the age of Covid
-Mark Pullinger spends lockdown listening to all of Vivaldi’s operas
-Great singers in great roles: Franz Grundheber on Wozzeck
-In the first of a series, Stephen A. Brown looks at how to navigate the early stages of a singing career
-On the 125th anniversary of the premiere of La Bohème, David Chandler looks at how its creators, Illica and Puccini, were influenced by the illness and death of the composer Catalani
-Gerald Finley picks his favourite recording

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  • First Issue: February 1950
  • Latest Issue: February 2021
  • Issue Count: 875
  • Page Count: 102,613
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6707
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