Opera (magazine)

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Opera
EditorJohn Allison
Frequencymonthly
Year founded 1950 (1950-month)
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Website www.opera.co.uk
ISSN 0030-3526

Opera is a monthly British magazine devoted to covering all things related to opera. It contains reviews and articles about current opera productions internationally, as well as articles on opera recordings, opera singers, opera companies, opera directors, and opera books. The magazine also contains major features and analysis on individual operas and people associated with opera.

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The magazine employs a network of international correspondents around the world who write for the magazine. Contributors to the magazine, past and present, include William Ashbrook, Martin Bernheimer, Julian Budden, Rodolfo Celletti, Alan Blyth, Elizabeth Forbes, and J.B. Steane among many others.

William Ashbrook was an American musicologist, writer, journalist, and academic. He was perhaps best noted as a historian, researcher and popularizer of the works of Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti.

Martin Bernheimer is an American music critic. He studied at Brown University and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich as well as with the musicologist Gustave Reese at New York University.

Julian Medforth Budden was a British opera scholar, radio producer and broadcaster. He is particularly known for his three volumes on the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, a single-volume biography in 1982 and a single-volume work on Giacomo Puccini and his operas in 2002. He is also the author of numerous entries in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Opera is printed in A5 size, with colour photos, and consists of around 130 pages. Page numbering is consecutive for a complete year (e.g. September 2009 goes from p1033-1168). All issues since February 1950 are available online to current subscribers (through Exact Editions).

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Based in London, the magazine was founded in 1950 by George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood. It was launched at the house of Richard Buckle, under the imprint 'Ballet Publications Ltd'. [1] It seems the previous Ballet and Opera magazine, edited by Richard Buckle, split into two separate magazines - one Opera and the other Ballet.

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After Lascelles, Harold Rosenthal served as editor from 1953–1986, Rodney Milnes from 1986 [2] and John Allison has held that position since 2000, with Milnes as chair of the Editorial Board.

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Rodney Milnes Blumer OBE was an English music critic, musicologist, writer, translator and broadcaster, with a particular interest in opera. He wrote under the professional name of Rodney Milnes.

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Sylvia Fisher was an Australian operatic soprano whose stage career was made in England, who was especially distinguished in German opera, and who created the role of Miss Wingrave in Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave in 1971.

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An occasional series of supplements have been published: Thirty all-time great recordings (August 2002), Great Opera Houses of the World (July 2003), In character: Great singers in great roles 1 (August 2004) and 2 (September 2006), Great First Nights (September 2005), Opera stage on screen (September 2007); along with four volumes of reprints of profiles of singers (grouped by voice type, 2002–2004) and directors (January 2006 and January 2007). [4]

A separate annual 'Festivals' issue was published until 2012, with listings of opera or operetta festivals (or music festivals including operas) in the UK and all around the world for the coming season, preceded by longer articles on particular festival projects or personalities. [5] From 2013, the separate issue was dropped in favour of a festivals focus in the April edition, due to the ready availability of listings on-line. [6]

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References

  1. Law R. I can't live without.. Opera. Opera, February 2000.
  2. Sadie S. Harold Rosenthal. In: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Macmillan, London and New York, 1997.
  3. The Opera Bedside Book. Ed Harold Rosenthal. Victor Gollancz Limited, London, 1965.
  4. Reference individual supplements, all published by Opera.
  5. Opera Festivals 2009. Opera magazine, 2009.
  6. Editorial, p.405. Opera magazine, April 2013