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BENJAMIN EALOVEGA

This year’s celebrations for Monteverdi’s 450th birthday are an occasion to contemplate the origins of opera.

The early 17th century was a remarkable time: an age of experiment, invention, conquest and creativity. The Renaissance was in full swing, the discovery of the New World had brought untold wealth and power to Europe’s ruling families, and a group of scientists, artists and philosophers were intent on changing the world. For the first time in history, mankind felt in control of its destiny rather than at the mercy of a controlling deity.

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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.
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