Graham Vick smiles out of this month’s cover, but it is a sad one … Our September issue includes an obituary of this incomparable director, whose death makes him the operatic world’s most high-profile casualty of Covid. He touched so many lives through his work and we pay him full tribute.
In our ‘Great singers in great roles’ series we interview Sylvia Sass on Judith in Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. We also feature a new generation of artists, and include profiles of the soprano Angel Blue as she prepares to sing in the Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, and the conductor Lorenzo Viotti as he takes up the reins as music director of Dutch National Opera.
Other features are:
—A short introduction to operatic toxicology
—‘Welcome to the future’: Julia Noulin-Mérat shares her plans
—Etelinda, a royal opera recovered from the archives
—Opera as high culture in TV’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’
We review live performances from around the world. Leading off the recording and book review section, our ‘Disc of the month’ is a new Fidelio conducted by Marek Janowski with Lise Davidsen in the title role on the Pentatone label, and ‘For the record’ is with the soprano Christine Brewer.Order This Issue Subscribe