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FRONT OF HOUSE

EDITORIAL A new chapter for ENO YOUNG ARTIST OF THE MONTH Meeting rising star, mezzo soprano Melissa Gregory - NEWS & NOTES A pay agreement is reached for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Bampton announces the winner of its singing competition, a new survey uncovers struggles in musicians’ mental health and David Pickard announces he is leaving the BBC Proms following the 2024 season

REVIEWS - LIVE REVIEWS UK Royal Opera House Jephtha (4 0 ) Bampton Classical Opera At the Venice Fair (42); EUROPE Ireland Wexford Festival Opera (38) Gothenburg Opera Mythomania (44) Danish National Opera The Raven (46) Hamburg Opera Salome (48) ASIA City focus Tokyo (50) Beijing Music Festival Duke Bluebeard ’s Castle (52) - RECORDINGS New releases on CD, Digital & AV including: but I like to sing – a new recording from Carolyn Sampson, marking her 100th album as a soloist, a disc of opera scenes by Richard Wagner and Strauss from Daniel Behle and I Gemelli’s recording of Montiverdi’s Il ritorno d ’Ulisse in patria, as well as productions of Der Schatzgräber, La Donna del Lago and Tosca captured on film Opera Now Choice: Jonathan Tetelman’s album The Great Puccini on Deutsche Grammophon receives five stars

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- SPOTLIGHT Worldwide Opera Guide and answers to this issue’s Quiz (p63)

‘The way I work with the singers is very personal, very much my own’

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Cover feature Conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset chats to Alexandra Coghlan about his career, recent Lully recordings and new ventures into Romantic repertoire Opera in English Soprano Claire Booth looks at the impact of opera translated into English, delving into the impact on audience numbers and satisfaction Christian Gerhaher The German baritone discusses his recent ventures, favourite composers and upcoming Lieder recital at the Wigmore Hall Enrico Caruso At almost 150 years since the birth of the lyric tenor, we look at the impact of Caruso’s life and the reason for his success and celebrity Becoming a Composer Reviewing composer of 22 operas, Errollyn Wallen’s new book Quiz How well do you know Berlioz’s Les Troyens? Test your opera knowledge in our monthly quiz

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Off The Beaten Path Tom Guthrie presents a vibrant new staging of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with the Lewisham Creative Chorus at the Balham Bowls Club www.operanow.co.uk

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