We celebrate the life and work of Harrison Birtwistle with a tribute by Andrew Clements.
Federica Lombardi talks to Hugh Canning as she moves from Mozart to Verdi, with performances as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra coming up in Liège.
In our Great Singers in Great Roles series, Willard White remembers taking on the role of Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, one which he went on to perform many times, and to record and film.
John-Pierre Joyce investigates how opera permitted queer self-expression in mid-20th-century Britain
A staging of Tchaikovsky’s Oprichnik in St Petersburg prompts an uncomfortable reaction and further investigation by Maya Garcia.
Our Disc of the Month is Rivales, a double delight with Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau singing extracts from operas by Gluck, Bach, Grétry and Cherubini with Le Concert de la Loge conducted by Julien Chauvin (Alpha).
The soprano Judith Howarth chooses Madama Butterfly as her favourite recording, with Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Our reviews this month include The Handmaid’s Tale at English National Opera, Lohengrin and La traviata at Covent Garden, The Fiery Angel in Madrid, La Bohème in Detroit, Wozzeck in Vienna, The Queen of Spades at La Scala and the belated world premiere of Grete Minde in Magdeburg.Subscribe