On our front cover this month we have Elizabeth Llewellyn as Ariadne in the new production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera North.
A report from the director Oksana Taranenko on the exceptional challenges faced by those working in Ukraine’s opera houses
The soprano Latonia Moore talking to Roger Pines about her route to singing opera and some favourite roles as she prepares to sing in the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Champion at the Met
Thomas Allen on singing Don Giovanni, a role he has performed more than 300 times and ‘never got bored with it—never, never’, in conversation with Rupert Christiansen
Lidiya Yankovskaya relishes the prospect of conducting Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at English National Opera and talks to Sarah Noble about grief, fostering new talent and the importance of pushing at boundaries
Disc of the Month is Turandot, with Sondra Radvanovsky as Turandot, Ermonela Jaho as Liù and Jonas Kaufmann as Calaf, and the orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano (Warner Classics)
For the record: Ramón Vargas chooses a favourite recording—Manon Lescaut
Reviews this month include: Rusalka at the Royal Opera, The Rhinegold at ENO, Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera North, Eliogabolo in Zurich, Albert Herring in Chicago, Le Voyage dans la lune in Paris, Alcina in Canberra, Falstaff in Athens, Pelléas et Mélisande in Lille, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Hamburg, Don Carlo in Florence, The Bartered Bride in Graz, La forza del destino in Warsaw and Puccini’s Trittico in BarcelonaOrder This Issue Subscribe