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FRONT OF HOUSE EDITORIAL The American way

LETTERS Your views and suggestions

ESSAY Conductor Stephen Higgins explores memory and dementia through an original approach to Bluebeard’s Castle

NEWS & NOTES English National Opera’s new Ring Cycle; Hungarian State Opera inaugurates new venue; Obituary: tenor Norman Bailey

LETTER FROM… Bayreuth –beyond Wagner at the Margravial Opera House

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‘I experience opera’s characters with total abandon. It’s the crying and the screaming – not the perfection – that connects with you’

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REVIEWS - LIVE REVIEWS Gottingen International Handel Festival – Roundup (40); Verbier/Gstaad Festivals – Round-up (42); Edinburgh International Festival (44); Royal Opera House, London Rigoletto (46); Opera North, Leeds Carmen (48); UK Fringe (51-55) As One, Grimeborn Festival – Rodelinda, Valkyrie, Opera della Luna –Curtain Raisers, Leeds Opera Festival –Holst Trilogy; La Scala, Milan Siberia (56) Riga Festival Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (58)

- RECORDINGS New releases on CD & DVD (62-64) including Verdi’s Requiem; Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, Glass’s Akhnaten, Offenbach’s Barbe-Blue and Andreas Bauer Kanabas – bass (Opera Now Choice), Julia Varady Birthday Box Set

- SPOTLIGHT With OperaVision Streaming Guide (78)

COVER PHOTO: FADIL BERISHA

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Exposing the Truth Helena Matheopoulos meets the Albanian Soprano Ermonela Jaho, whose soulful, deeply affecting, emotionally charged portrayals of some of opera’s most fragile heroines have touched audiences around the world Southern comforter Carlisle Floyd’s tuneful operas have gained huge popularity

USA Live Highlights from 20/21 opera season in the USA

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with US audiences. Following the composer’s death, Benjamin Ivry wonders whether they might become more internationally known…

Italian inspirations We drop in on masterclasses at the George Solti Accademia in Tuscany, where a new generation of young artists are being coached in the fundamentals of bel canto

My Favourite Things The popular American mezzo Kate Lindsey introduces us to her Favourite Things

Quiz Test your operatic knowledge

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