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March 2007 Volume 58 No 3

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Assistant Sara-Mae Tuson

Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Alan Blyth Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Andrew Porter

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Front cover: Juan Diego Flórez in ‘La Fille du régiment’at Covent Garden (see pp. 341-4) (photo: Bill Cooper)

261 Pipers and tunes By the Editor

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

262 People333:David Fielding Andrew Clark

270 Wings of song Opera vs Lieder?Yehuda Shapiro hears from artists who sing both

274 Readers’letters

280 Life-force and works David Pountney reviews John Tyrrell’s definitive new Janᡠcek study

286 Newsdesk

290 In the beginning was the word Joseph Zsuffa opens the Ede Poldini-Ernest Vajda correspondence

299 Obituary

300 Opera around the world

339 Opera in Britain

347 Opera on CD

356 Opera on DVD

362 Opera books

366 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Toronto, Chicago; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad

383 Classified advertisements

384 If I came back as … Leopold Rodney Milnes

Opera, March 2007