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July 2007 Volume 58 No 7

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 Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 e-mail: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Tel: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: The witches in Glyndebourne’s new ‘Macbeth’ (see pp. 865-8) (photo: Mike Hoban)

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

771 Age is an operatic issue By the Editor 772 People 337: Paul Curran Andrew Clark 780 Readers’ letters 781 A special alchemy Julian Grant revisits Montemezzi’s greatest hit 787 Creating characters On the eve of his retirement, Francis Egerton talks to Stephen Pettitt 790 Newsdesk 794 Rejoice greatly Hugh Canning hails the completion of Winton Dean’s Handel study 796 Obituary 800 Opera around the world 850 Opera in Britain 870 Opera on CD 876 Opera on DVD 881 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with season plans for Opera North, Scottish Opera and the BBC Proms), Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lyon, Stockholm; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 895 Classified advertisements 896 If I came back as … Boris Godunov Rupert Christiansen

Opera, July 2007