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We’re delighted to be able to offer a copy of A History of Opera: The First Four Hundred Years by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker as the prize for this month’s podcast. All you have to do is listen to the question in our podcast and email your answer to competition [@] We’ll select a winner at random from correct entries and announce it after the deadline, Monday 11 February at 9:00am GMT.

Described by Richard Taruskin as a “fitting tribute” to opera, written in “gorgeous” prose, it is the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for many years, and vital reading for serious opera enthusiasts.

You can read more about the book at its publisher Allen Lane’s website here.