FRONT OF HOUSE 5 EDITORIAL Politically correct Puccini

6 LETTERS Your thoughts and suggestions

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8 ESSAY Lindy Hume on opera and misogyny

10 NEWS & NOTES Callas costumes at Corfu’s Achilleion Palace • Graham Vick obituary • La Scala’s first online exhibition

14 LETTER FROM… Longborough, Oxfordshire, UK

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REVIEWS 42-58 FESTIVALS UK Garsington Opera – Season round-up (42); Buxton International Festival – Season round-up (46); The Grange Festival’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (49); Glyndebourne – Season round-up (50); Grange Park Opera’s The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko, The Tsar’s Bride (54); Longborough Festival Opera’s Die Walküre and round-up (56); Bampton Opera’s Paris and Helen (58)

LIVE REVIEWS 59 Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Quintuple Bill 60 Company focus: Charles Court Opera (Iolanthe, G&S Express)

62-67 RECORDINGS New releases on CD & DVD (62-64) including Bellini’s I Puritani, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Strauss’s Elektra, and Korgold’s Die tote Stadt (Opera Now Choice)

70-78 SPOTLIGHT With OperaVision Streaming Guide (78)

COVER PHOTO: JULIAN HARGREAVES

‘Being married makes it easier to

access emotions on stage’

CONTENTS

18 A Love Duet Helena Matheopoulos meets husband-and-wife superstars Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov – the power couple of today’s opera world 26 Welsh National Opera celebrates 75 years Adrian Mourby charts the evolution of a globally admired company created by the community in which it is still rooted 30 Preview: Opera in the UK Robert Thicknesse takes his pick of the best of British opera this autumn, highlighting the work of small and medium-scale companies

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38 PRODUCTION PREVIEW Claus Guth’s long awaited Jenůfa at the Royal Opera House

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36 Profile: Ella Taylor Susan Nickalls meets an engaging trans/non-binary soprano, who is loosening the boundaries of gender in opera 68 Tools of the trade Colin Clark gets a feel for the newlook Operabase, the go-to website for worldwide listings information about opera 80 My Favourite Things The acclaimed British bass Sir John Tomlinson introduces us to his Favourite Things 82 Quiz Test your operatic knowledge (With answers to last issue’s quiz on page 78)

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