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May 2007 Volume 58 No 5

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: Diana Damrau and Jill Grove in ‘Die Aegyptische Helena’at the Met (see pp. 575-9) (photo: Ken Howard)

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

517 Mine’s bigger than yours By the Editor 518 The English Verdi? Ian Bostridge talks to Rupert Christiansen about Britten’s tenor roles 521 Readers’letters 523 People 335:Harry Bicket Stephen Pettitt 528 Newsdesk 530 Still going strong Robert Oresko celebrates the octogenarian Rita Gorr 535 Around midnight Peter Alward on Norman Lebrecht’s obituary for the record industry 538 Julian Budden, 1924-2007 Roger Parker 539 Obituary 543 Opera around the world 582 Opera in Britain 608 Opera on CD 617 Opera on DVD 619 Opera books 622 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Brussels, Paris (Opééra National), New York (Met); ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 639 Classified advertisements 640 If I came back as ... Zdenka Fiona Maddocks

Opera, May 2007