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Andrew Stewart's Opera People Director Anthony Besch; soprano Rita Cull is; composer Jonathan Harvey

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Competition Win a tr ip to Rome and ti cke ts to the opera in Opera Now's Warner Classics Tosca competiti on

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Cover feature Pure dev ilment? Samuel Ramey, opera's ubiquito us Mephistopheles, has q ui etly c locked up 20 years in the profession. Andrew Stewart reports

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Scottish Opera Scottish Opera has turned 30. Graeme Kay finds the company poised for change

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Singer of the Century John Steane identi fies some gaps in the cham1 offensive of th e popular Iri sh tenor, John McCormack

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Opera Guide Eugene Onegin is the summer c ho ice of the Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, and Welsh National Opera. Noel Goodwin introduces Tchaikovsky's most pop ul ar opera

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Opera World Kate Hardy imbibes the atmosphere o f the revitalised Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

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Opera Jobs The stage techinic ians are the real movers and shakers in opera. Anne Ing li s reports from Opera North

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Music Theatre Kate Hardy ta lks to 'Lost Musicals' impresario Ia n Marshal! F isher

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What opera means to me Rabbi Julia Neuberger strugg les to reconc ile a liking for Wagner with the composer's anti-Semitic views

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