Opera News

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Opera News
March 2020 Opera News Cover Image.jpg
The cover of the March 2020 issue, featuring soprano Diana Damrau
Editor-in-ChiefF. Paul Driscoll
Categories Classical music/Opera
Total circulation
51,578[ citation needed ]
First issue1936 (1936)
Company Metropolitan Opera Guild
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City
Website www.operanews.com
ISSN 0030-3607

Opera News is an American classical music magazine. It has been published since 1936 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a non-profit organization located at Lincoln Center which was founded to engender the appreciation of opera and also support the Metropolitan Opera of New York City. Opera News was initially focused primarily on the Met, particularly providing information for listeners of the Saturday afternoon live Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. Over the years, the magazine has broadened its scope to include the larger American and international opera scenes. Currently published monthly, Opera News offers opera related feature articles; artist interviews; production profiles; musicological pieces; music-business reportage; reviews of performances in the United States and Europe; reviews of recordings, videos, books and audio equipment; and listings of opera performances in the U.S.


The Editor-in-Chief is currently F. Paul Driscoll. Regular contributors to the magazine, both past and present, include its former features editor, Brian Kellow, William Ashbrook, Scott Barnes, Jochen Breiholz, Erika Davidson, Justin Davidson, Peter G. Davis, Matthew Gurewitsch, Joel Honig, Tim Page, Judith Malafronte, Mark Thomas Ketterson, Martin Bernheimer, Ira Siff, Joanne Sydney Lessner, Anne Midgette, Drew Minter, William R. Braun, Phillip Kennicott, Joshua Rosenblum, Leslie Rubinstein, Alan Wagner, Adam Wasserman, Oussama Zahr, and William Zakariasen.[ citation needed ]

The magazine is also available online, with some archival content going back to 1949. The web site was redesigned in spring 2010. Some of the online content is available only to subscribers to the print edition.


Opera News [note 1] was founded in 1936 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild with Mrs. John DeWitt Peltz (Mary Ellis Peltz) serving as the publication's first editor. [3] It was initially intended to be a "useful, instructive, and factual weekly newspaper of Opera in New York".[ This quote needs a citation ] Its first issue was published on 7 December 1936 and consisted of only one folded broadsheet. Its second year of publication saw its transformation into a 17-page magazine with advertising, with its first magazine issue appearing on 15 November 1937. Beginning with the December 1940 issue, the magazine began to concentrate much of its content on the weekly Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. The magazine at this point offered bi-weekly issues of an expanded size during the Fall, Winter, and Spring, but was on hiatus during the summers. As time went on, the magazine began to take on a more international scope of coverage; but it still maintained a strong interest in the New York opera scene and the Met in particular.

Frank Merkling succeeded Peltz as the second chief editor of Opera News, with his first issue appearing on 14 October 1957. [4] In 1972, the magazine became a year-round publication, adding monthly issues in the summer months while maintaining its bi-weekly schedule during the opera season. In 1974, Robert Jacobson became the magazine's third chief editor. [5] Jacobson was succeeded by Patrick O'Connor (1988), who was succeeded in 1989 by Patrick J. Smith. In 1998, Smith was succeeded by Rudolph S. Rauch. Under the leadership of Rauch and executive editor Brian Kellow, the magazine switched to a monthly publication format in September 1998. F. Paul Driscoll, the current editor in chief, was appointed in July 2003.

Beginning with the June 2012 issue, the Metropolitan Opera said that Opera News would cease reviewing Met performances, following dissatisfaction among the Met leadership with the magazine's recent critiques of Robert Lepage's production of the Ring Cycle and of the company's direction under Peter Gelb. [6] However, reactions from the public led to the decision being reversed. [7] [8]

Opera News Awards

Since 2005 the magazine has annually bestowed five Opera News Awards for Distinguished Achievement.

Past recipients of the awards have included:

Notes and references


  1. The magazine The Opera News was published by the John Wanamaker department stores Wanamaker's in the early twentieth century. [1] [2]


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  4. "New Editor" . Daily News . New York City. 1957-04-13. p. 20 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Robert M. Jacobson" . Daily News . New York City. 1987-05-11. p. 35 via Newspapers.com.
  6. Wakin, Daniel J. (2012-05-21). "Latest Met Aria: Bad Opera News Is No News". The New York Times . Archived from the original on 2021-03-14. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  7. Barton, Chris (2012-05-22). "The Met reverses policy, will allow Opera News to review productions". Los Angeles Times . Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  8. Tsioulcas, Anastasia (2012-05-24). "An Online Debate Of Operatic Intensity: The Met And Its Critics". Boise State Public Radio . National Public Radio. Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  9. 1 2 Westphal, Matthew (2007-01-26). "Heppner, Levine, Pape, Scotto and Voigt to Receive 2006 Opera News Awards at Jan. 28 Gala". Playbill . Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  10. "Sigourney at Opera Awards" . Newsday . 2007-10-15. p. A10. Retrieved 2022-03-16 via Newspapers.com.
  11. Westphal, Matthew (2007-10-10). "2007 Opera News Awards Go to Blythe, Borodina, Hampson, Price and Rudel". Playbill . Archived from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  12. "John Adams Named Winner of 2008 Opera News Award". Nonesuch. 2008-08-04. Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  13. Guerin, Richard (2009-08-05). "2009 Opera News Awards". Philip Glass . Archived from the original on 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  14. Giovetti, Olivia (2011-04-18). "Working the Room with the 2010 Opera News Awards Recipients". WQXR-FM . Archived from the original on 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  15. "Sixth Annual Opera News Awards to Honor Jonas Kaufmann, Riccardo Muti, Patricia Racette, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa & Bryn Terfel". Opera News. 2010-08-04. Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  16. Sierra, Gabrielle (2011-08-02). "2011 Opera News Awards Honorees Announced". BroadwayWorld . Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  17. "2011 Opera News Awards to Honor Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Mattei and Peter Sellars". Opera News. 2011-08-11. Archived from the original on 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  18. Denette, Kelsey (2012-08-07). "2012 Opera News Awards Honorees Announced". BroadwayWorld . Archived from the original on 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  19. "2012 Opera News Awards Honorees Announced". Opera News. 2012-08-07. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  20. Ozery, Arielle (2013-09-11). "Honorees Announced for Ninth Annual Opera News Awards". BroadwayWorld . Archived from the original on 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  21. "Patrice Chéreau, Juan Diego Flórez, Christa Ludwig, James Morris and Nina Stemme to be Honored at the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards". Opera News. 2013-09-10. Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  22. "Tenth Annual Opera News Awards to Honor Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas". Opera News. 2014-12-09. Archived from the original on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  23. "2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees". BroadwayWorld . 2014-12-09. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  24. "Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko & José van Dam Named as 2016 Opera News Awards Recipients". Opera News. 2015-12-10. Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  25. Mancuso, Christina (2016-10-31). "12th Annual Opera News Awards Are Announced!". BroadwayWorld . Archived from the original on 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  26. Salazar, Francisco (2017-11-01). "Opera News Announces 13th Annual Opera News Awards". OperaWire. Archived from the original on 2022-03-08. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  27. "Luca Pisaroni Named as Recipient of the 14th Annual Opera News Awards". Luca Pisaroni . 2018-11-05. Archived from the original on 2021-05-15. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  28. McPhee, Ryan (2019-11-26). "Anthony Roth Costanzo, Diana Damrau, More to Receive 2020 Opera News Awards". Playbill . Archived from the original on 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  29. Salazar, Francisco (2020-12-04). "Lawrence Brownlee, Janet Baker & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Opera News Awards". OperaWire. Archived from the original on 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  30. "South Africa's Elza van den Heever Named as Opera News Awards Recipient". SAPeople. 2021-11-09. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2022-03-16.

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