This month’s cover features the Deutsche Oper am Rhein’s ‘Operngala im Autkino’, seemingly the first-ever drive-in opera performance — but not the last according to news from a changing operatic landscape. We bring you all the latest developments as the opera world continues to grapple with the effects of Covid-19.
Continuing on that theme, we look at possible future models for producing opera, with contributions both from the former ENO boss John Berry and the economist Antony Feeny. We also hear from someone rethinking opera under Covid: the director Ella Marchment is preparing to put a whole series of ‘micro-operas’ online.
Also included in this month’s features:
- A profile of the leading Italian baritone Roberto Frontali
- An interview with Laurence Dale as he prepares to stage Rossini at Pesaro
- The legacy of Alan Bush —composer and communist — is reconsidered by Martin Kettle
- Standing and delivering: operatic acting a century ago
- The Italian Baroque specialist Ottavio Dantone in interview
- César Cui’s operatic career considered
- Lockdown listening
Our ‘For the record’ guest this month is the soprano Ana María Martínez, and our ‘Disc of the month’ is a new work, David Hertzberg’s The Wake World.
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