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FRONT OF HOUSE

EDITORIAL Why touring opera matters

LETTERS Your views and suggestions

NEWS & NOTES Barenboim steps down in Berlin; Glyndebourne cuts its tour; Fujisawa Civic Opera’s 50th anniversary (12); Regents Opera launches new Ring Cycle (14)

REVIEWS

- LIVE REVIEWS ASIA New National Theatre Tokyo Boris Godunov (32) EUROPE Donizetti Opera Festival, Bergamo Yeomen of the Guard (34); Rome Opera Dialogues des Carmélites (38); Teatro La Fenice, Venice Falstaff (40); La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels On purge bébé (42); Dutch National Opera Turandot (44); Theater an der Wien La gazza ladra (46) USA Metropolitan Opera, New York The Hours (49); Florida Grand Opera El matrimonio secreto (52) LA Opera Lucia di Lammermoor (54) - RECORDINGS New releases on CD, Digital & AV including: Handel’s Xerxes from 1962; Cherubini’s Les Abencérages from the Bru Zane Foundation; L’elisir d’amore filmed at the Donizetti Festival; Opera Now Choice: Reencuentros, featuring mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte

- SPOTLIGHT Worldwide Opera Guide and answers to this issue’s Quiz (p71)

COVER PHOTO: GEORGE KADARVAR/ DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

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‘We have so many colours in our voice that cannot be picked up by the microphone. That’s why I always say, theatre, theatre, theatre!

Come to the theatre!’

– Ildar Abdrazakov

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Cover feature Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is among the most engaging singers in opera today. Immersed in theatre from an early age, he tells Opera Now’s Helena Matheopoulos how he strives for dramatic authenticity, thrilling audiences with his insights into some of opera’s most psychologically complex characters Tokyo celebrates Yukiko Kishinami reports from the 25th anniversary of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, transforming the fortunes of opera in Japan

Early French Colin Clarke applauds a hidden gem of the French Baroque in an Italian guise: Francesco Sacrati’s La finta pazza, reviewed in performance and on disc My Favourite Things Current title-holder of Cardiff Singer of the World, Korean baritone Gihoon Kim, explains how a traditional Korean mask keeps him smiling Quiz Which opera singer has the biggest Instagram following? Test your opera knowledge in our monthly quiz

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Animal Farm George Orwell’s biting political satire on the Russian revolution and the rise of Stalinism reaches the operatic stage in Amsterdam. Opera Now interviewed the work’s Russian composer, Alexander Raskatov www.operanow.co.uk

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