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Squillo

Librettists don’t have too much need for a collective noun, because they rarely meet together in collective enterprise; but if they wanted one, a ‘Grievance of Librettists’ wouldn’t be a bad fit. It certainly reflects what happened recently when one of those rare meetings did take place.

The venue was the Guildhall School at London’s Barbican, which runs postgraduate programmes in what it calls ‘Opera Making and Writing’: a graceless piece of Anglo-Saxon usage that, while attempting to be comprehensive, manages to make something inherently exciting sound pedestrian.

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Christophe Rousset celebrates a quarter century at the forefront of the Early Music scene with Les Talens Lyriques; Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on tour around the world; and our guide to the brightest and best opera festivals of 2017. Plus, remembering the velvet voice of Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda; individuality and imagination in the songs of Arthur Sullivan; Debussy’s ravishing Pelléas lets down its hair at Garsington; American baritone Scott Hendricks shares his love of playing bad boys; the art of the librettist; British conductor Nicholas Chalmers; and an 80th birthday tribute to Grace Bumbry.