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August 2007 Volume 58 No 8

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: Nina Stemme (see pp. 901-7) (photo: Helen Lyon)

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

899 Coming soon . . . By the Editor 900 Readers’letters 901 People 338:Nina Stemme Rupert Christiansen 907 Newsdesk 910 Only connect Brian Kellow looks back on Peter Gelb’s first year at the Met 917 Obituary 920 Opera around the world 964 Opera in Britain 998 Opera on CD 1005 Opera on DVD 1009 Coming events with plans for the UK houses (including Glyndebourne on Tour), Vienna (Staatsoper), Antwerp and Ghent, Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar, Berlin (Staatsoper Unter den Linden), Dresden, Madrid, Dallas, New York (City Opera), Seattle; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1023 Classified advertisements 1024 If I came back as ... the Queen of Night Amanda Holden

Opera, August 2007