December 2012

We talk to the great mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato about her triumphant new recording


Joyce DiDonatao
Mary Stuart, Cleopatra, Armide… the American mezzo talks to Neil Fisher about tackling some of opera's most fearsome royal roles


Mozart's The Magic Flute
Astrologer Shelley von Strunckel reveals the mystical secrets beneath the opera's surface

Jeremy Siepmann on the life and times of Russia's great 19th-century Romantic composer

Musicians behaving badly
From a murderous Berlioz to an alcoholic Sibelius and hot-tempered Vivaldi, we grass on music's bad boys

Plus on your free CD
Olivier Messiaen's La nativité du Seigneur. Naji Hakim plays the composer's organ at the Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris


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