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Opera News

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Opera News provides news and reviews of opera performances from around the world. Plus in-depth interviews with opera's power players, and insightful reviews of recordings, videos and books.

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  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Opera Guild
  • ASIN: B00005N7XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Opera Lovers Best Friend December 20, 2001
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I have been a subscriber of Opera news for over 5 years now, and I eagerly look forward to the arrival of each issue. Not only does Opera News provide information about the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but also every major opera house in the world. I feel connected with all that is going on in the world of opera when I read Opera News. The timely articles about performers, performances, and recordings help me to make informed decisons about what to see and what to buy. I highly recommend Opera News to anyone who loves opera.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best opera magazine for Americans February 15, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've been a subscriber to Opera News for almost forty years. (Now THAT's a sobering thought!) And indeed it is the opera-lover's best friend. There is always a lot going on in the opera world, over and above the performances themselves. And Opera News is a great place to keep up. Of course, it focuses primarily on the Metropolitan Opera and in particular the the Saturday afternoon broadcasts (I'm listening to a delectable 'Don Giovanni' as I write this--'La ci darem la mano').
And for people who are new to the world of opera it is easily the best periodical for easing them into this admittedly difficult (at first) art form. The price is terrific, too.
If you've hesitated before, now's the time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All set up for Opera! June 8, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I am a young singer who is really excited about what's ahead. I love Amazon because I can find everything I need. Opera News teaches me about all the professional artist, I get Classical singer which talks to me as a young artist with audition listings, and Voice Lessons To Go by Vaccarino (two volumes of singing lessons on CD- yey!). Now if I could just get an agent of this site!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera for the Masses, Polished and Informative January 27, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have only recently become an opera enthusiast partially because I realized I needed to be old enough to appreciate it and also because of my intimidation of those who are quite knowledgeable about it. That's why I heartily endorse a subscription to "Opera News", which I find to be by far, the most reader-friendly of magazines dedicated to opera and classical music. It is probably not as comprehensive as others are, but it makes for educational and entertaining reading at a level that would make sense to anyone interested in learning more about opera. Published monthly by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, it naturally places primary focus on the Met's performances, but it also does an excellent job in covering performances at venues around the world. The layout and graphic quality are as polished as any popular entertainment publication.

The feature articles are consistently informative and well-written, especially in their efforts to broaden perspectives on opera relative to other performing arts (e.g., Broadway, early movie musicals) and spotlighting historic performances. Generally showcased as the cover stories, there are in-depth profiles of the leading performers - rising, established and legendary. There is also a comprehensive section devoted to reviews of recordings and performances available on CD and DVD, which I find very helpful in prioritizing my own purchase decisions. In fact, I was lucky enough to travel to New York last month to see the wondrous Stephen Wadsworth production of Handel's "Rodelinda" at the Met, and the December 2004 issue (with star countertenor David Daniels on the cover) gave me all the information I could use to heighten my anticipation of that superb performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well- Polished, Professional Magazine June 11, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Opera News is a magazine dedicated to opera and the individual talents that contribute to the full opera production. This magazine offers a way to find out dates for upcoming operas; backgrounds on some of the more popular opera stars; reviews of operas and opera related media; interviews; etc.

I am not a man of the arts by any stretch and it's a rare day that finds me sitting in a theater seat, watching a bunch of stage performers sing and dance. But I still like Opera News nonetheless and I can understand fully why fans of opera enjoy it so much. It covers the big operas, the big stars, and much more.

Articles about specific performers are common in this magazine but Opera News isn't just a magazine about opera performers and the long hours they labor for their chosen profession. No, this magazine offers more than that and there is something for any lover of entertainment to enjoy. There are plenty of reviews of operas, DVD, CD, and books; interviews with stars; and plenty of news and official information. The fact that the name of the magazine includes the word "News" is no accident, for Opera News is exactly that: a news source for all things opera and opera related.

Since I have limited interest in watching operas, I tend to gloss over the interviews and bios (I have no idea who these people are anyway). My favorite sections are those that cover news stories and the reviews at the end of the magazine. The news articles are usually good and I like the featured articles that talk about opera history and other like topics. And, as an avid reader, I like reading the book reviews even though I am unlikely to ever purchase one of these books.

Overall, Opera News is a magazine that every opera lover should read. I am not a fan of opera and theater but even I have found some reading value with this magazine. Its subject is one with limited appeal, but its value is obvious, even to someone like me who has little interest in this topic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for opera lovers.
A must read for opera lovers.
Published 11 months ago by Jack FROM CHARLOTTE
5.0 out of 5 stars For opera lovers
Keep up to date with your favorite singers. This magazine is full of wonderful articles and photographs of the opera world. I can't put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Sonja Voss
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, it's a house organ - but if you love opera, you need it
While not to be compared with the far more expensive English publication on the same subject, Opera News is like the People Magazine of classical music; full of photo features,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jenny T
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for opera lovers
This is a must for the opera lovers in your life! I gave it as a gift but have learned a bit about the art myself from the articles.
Published 16 months ago by ladys
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift
My grandson was delighted with this gift - a renewal for him. He's an opera singer in New York City.
Published 19 months ago by Joy Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
LOVE this magazine...I didn't know it was available until I saw it on Amazon. thank you amazon. If a person likes opera and wants to be in the know.... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars For opera buffs
If you love opera, this is the magazine to get. It keeps you up-to-date with singer interviews, opera reviews from US and foreign stages, dvd releases with reviews,and information... Read more
Published 21 months ago by glo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job
This response is several years late. Did not know there was a responce asked. So let me say that this was a great easy chirstmas gift to a friend years ago. It was well done. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Terrance McKerrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera News Great for Opera Lovers
If you are into opera this magazine is for you! Not only that if you order through Amazon you save at least $10. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Platingman
3.0 out of 5 stars good magazine
why should anything more have to be said about a longstanding periodical that does its job? someone needs to fix this minimum word requirement.
Published on December 19, 2012 by Gary Booher
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